You don't have to be a Bible scholar to be a Christian. There is no rite of passage into Christianity that requires one to read the Bible. Yet the Bible is one of the most priceless treasures God has given us. He used holy men to pen the same. Why did He do that? Was it that He was just bored, having finished His creations with nothing else to do? I think not. Three of the reasons God gave us the Bible are so we might learn His ways, know His will for us, and know His grand plan for the future. This knowledge we need in order for us to mature as Christians. Interestingly, Jesus said to the Sadducees, "Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures" (Matthew 22:29). Let's briefly look at each of the three reasons stated above. One of the things that kept Israel in trouble with God was that they knew not His ways. Eventually, their ignorance caused them to be led into captivity in Babylon. You see, God is holy. Those who walk with Him must be holy as well. Yes, He is love, and that's the side of Him we like to emphasize. But we must remember that He is holy also. If we are ignorant of the Scriptures, then we will be ignorant of the ways of God, and not knowing His ways, we can't properly interact with Him. God also gave us the Bible so we can know His will for our lives. As an example, consider James 1:12, which says, "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation... " This verse tells us the will of God when we are tempted. We are not to yield to the temptation. We are not to argue that we are only human. Neither should we use the lame excuse that until God removes this weakness, we can't help ourselves. Rather, the will of God is to remain faithful even when we are strongly tempted. Moreover, we know that if He so commands us, He will give us the strength to obey His will. This is just one of many examples. The Bible is filled with declarations of God's will for us. We need to learn of these so we can please Him. Finally, in the Bible God shows us the big picture. Many people today are troubled by the state of this world we live in. It pains me to see the road this world has taken. I don't want to sound like the bearer of bad news, but things on earth will get even more trying as we approach the return of our Lord. Some may wonder, how is God going to fix this mess. But that's the question that I have no difficulty answering. He reveals His master plan in His Word. We need not let our heart be troubled. God has an awesome future and a better place for His people. As a preacher, I am sometimes amazed at how ignorant of the Scriptures some believers are. This is understandable for babes in Christ, but more perplexing for those who have been attending church and serving therein for many years. Some churchgoers in this latter category have major difficulty finding the place in the Bible the pastor tells the congregation to turn to for the reading of the Scripture. What's the big deal? It's exactly what Jesus said: "Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures." You see, God has not called us to walk in error but in truth. Frank King
Amen and amen , Brother Frank! Thanks for sharing! God don't want a bunch of wimps, we are to be strong, yet respectful to Him and humble! Very good message, my brother! God Bless and keep you! Dave
Excellent blog brother!! The Word of God is our food!! It sustains us and gives us strength. It reveals to us the heart of God. Spending time in the Word is an essential part of being a follower of Christ. I would add that reading God's Word is good but dwelling on It, studying It, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us through it is even better!
I Love (crave) the Bible. I now have it set up with an audible Bible as i read along with an online version of the same Bible which makes it come more alive for me. Its awesome to me. Its also set up with out the verse references so it flows seamlessly while reading and listening. Yes, we should memorize verses but this is just another tool to use. I bring the audible Bible to bed everynight and just let it play even while sleeping. wake occasionally to a gem and fall right back into slumber. Great Post!...God Bless You!
It is my sincere hope that individuals reading this blog will truly consider its validity and its necessity. Although I am not naive for there will be many, probably most that will not agree or simply dismiss it altogether because it will take effort to contemplate the topic. But, I am reminded what Christ said about his own gospel. Most will find the broad road and wide gate. (Matthew 7:13) Therefore, keep encourged.
as i'm about to step out the door for bible study/education night at my church happy new year my brother and thank you for the encouragement as "the food for thought" you shared will carry me thru the night at work and for a lifetime.( now if i can figgure out how to carry this cake i just baked downstairs to my van without dropping it along with my bag for work) lol. be blessed
Amen and amen, to walk in truth and not in deception, that's the main reason for the Bible. Read it day and night, night and day until we soak in all its beauty, its purity and all its truth.
Thanks for sharing.
From Hwa Silverpen
Great post, reading this reminded me of 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. This is a promise from God that we will NEVER be tempted beyond what we can handle. So rest assure that no matter what comes our way we have the strength to overcome. The question is, where is our faith? God Bless.
Jesus is Lord
Said like a True Preacher.
[quote]As a preacher, I am sometimes amazed at how ignorant of the Scriptures some believers are.[/quote]
Paul could of said the same words in his day.
He did come to think about it.