Why should we read God’s Word on a daily basis?
February 29, also known as the leap day of the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are divisible by 4, such as 2016, 2020, and 2024. Today is a good day for us to pause and reflect on a very important question: Why should we read God’s Word on a daily basis?
In the opening pages of the Bible, we read that God created man in His own image and likeness and placed him in the Garden of Eden in order to have fellowship with him. However, sin entered into man’s life through disobedience, which broke off man’s intimate relationship with God. However, God still wanted to have the fellowship with man, which was evident with His walk with Enoch (Gen. 5:21-24) and his great grandson Noah (Gen. 6:9). When His people - the Israelites - refused to have close fellowship with God, God made His servant Moses to write down God’s Law so that His people will read it and obey it without fail. God has continued His narrative of His work on this earth through anointing His servants to write inspired words that would constantly guide His people through the ages. There are at least ten reasons why we should read the Bible, reflect upon it, and hear from God daily:
- God’s Word is essential for our daily living: After fasting for 40 days and nights with no food or water, our Lord Jesus Christ was confronted by Satan to create bread from stones. However, our Lord quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 when He stated (in Matt. 4:4) that man shall not live by bread (natural food) alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (spiritual food). We should receive God’s Word daily, which was what Jesus taught us through His model prayer (Matt. 6:11).
- God’s Word gives us the answer for every need: For every problem faced by humankind, God’s Word provides the answer. In fact, the former US President has made this statement: “Within the covers of one single book, the Bible, are all the answers to all the problems that face us today - if only we would read and believe”. God’s Word teaches us two unchanging truths: what we have to believe about God, and what God requires from us. Are we turning to God’s Word today to search for an answer to our need?
- God’s Word gives us direction through life: The Bible is clear that God leads us “in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Ps. 23:3) through His Word that is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path of life (Ps. 119:105). The light from God’s Word will keep us from stumbling in the darkness of sin that can invade our lives. As our spiritual navigation system, God’s Word tells us (in 2 Tim. 3:16) the following: which road to travel (doctrine); when we are off the road (reproof); how to get back on the road (correction); and, how to stay on God’s path through our life journey (instruction in righteousness).
- God’s Word gives us healthy spiritual food for our soul: After we are spiritually born-again by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, as spiritual infants, we drink the milk of basic biblical truth (Heb. 5:12-13), but then we should progress to solid food/spiritual meat as we mature spiritually (v. 14). Based on 1 John 2:12-13, we grow from being children (receiving) to becoming youth (doing) and finally advancing to adulthood (knowing) as we built our lives on the rock of His Word (Matt.7:24).
- God’s Word gives us the right thought pattern: As we delight in God’s Word (Ps. 1:2), we can avoid sinful pattern and enticement that will lead us to wrong counsel and way of sinners (v. 1). God’s Word will create a positive environment for us through the right attitudes that we develop every day, and helps us to refocus our thoughts on what is really important to God. God will enable us to see, hear and comprehend exactly as He does, and then we can obtain God’s perspective about all our life activities.
- God’s Word gives us power in our lives: Oswald Chambers has made this statement: “Five minutes with God and His Word is worth more than the rest of the day. This is what exerts the greatest power in our lives.” God longs for us to meet with us through His Word and display His power in our lives if only we will pause enough to listen to Him.
- God’s Word helps us to defend against the attacks of Satan: God’s Word is not only an offensive weapon in our spiritual defense, but a defensive weapon as well. God’s Word is depicted as a sword (Heb. 4:12; Eph. 6:17), and Jesus used it effectively against the attacks of Satan (Matt. 4:1-11). As our defensive weapon, God’s Word increases our faith (Rom. 10:17) and acts as a shield (Eph. 4:16) as it helps us to resist sin (Ps. 119:11).
- God’s Word helps us to grow in the grace and knowledge of God: 2 Peter 3:18 exhorts us to grow in this manner as we live with a joyful purpose for the “Day of The Lord” (vv. 10-18). We can look upward by living Christ honoring lives (v. 11), look inward by making every effort at peace with God (v. 14), and look outward by being on guard constantly so that we are not carried away by the wrong influence of others (v. 17).
- God’s Word provides us heavenly provisions for daily living: Just like the Israelites lived off solely from the heavenly manna, which they had to gather from outside their tents daily (except on the Sabbath Day for which they had gathered a double portion on the day before), we should also live through our daily intake of God’s Word. Just like the provisions of manna stopped after the Israelites reached Canaan - their Promised Land (Josh. 5:11-12), we will also stop feeding on God’s Word when we reach heaven - our Promised Land – when we are in God’s presence to hear from Him directly in person.
- God’s Word transforms us to the image of Jesus Christ: Just as God transformed the formless, void and dark earth (Gen. 1:2) into a beautiful earth that was “very good” (v. 31) just through His spoken Word (vv. 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26), in the similar manner, God can transform our marred empty sinful lives that were destroyed by Satan (John 10:10) into the image of perfection unto the stature of the fullness of Jesus Christ (Eph. 4:13).