Editor’s Note: Have you ever glanced at your Bible, buried under a couple of other things on your night stand possibly, and wondered where it gets its power? I mean, what about it has led people to live and die and change their entire lives for it? Did you know that in some countries, it’s considered disrespectful to put your Bible on the floor, or to touch it with your feet? To the people who live by that standard, it’s clearly more than just cow skin and tree pulp. But what more is it?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The Bible is important because it is one of the tools that God uses to communicate to us. It helps us develop our beliefs about Christianity by reading what Jesus taught and preached when He was on earth. It gives us the insight that devoted followers of Christ had, and through these, God can teach us and help us grow into stronger believers.
Not only can the Bible be used as a teaching tool, but the Bible is always a great place to find words of encouragement. It shows us the power of God and how He has always been, and always will be with His people. It shows the many different characteristics of God: His love, His joy, His anger, His mercy, etc.
We are told to wait upon the Lord, and I believe that waiting is not meant to be a state of inactivity, but activity. We need to be reading the Bible, praying, anything and everything we can do to grow closer to us and find out what He is trying to tell us. We are to be witnesses and the only way we can do that, and preach the good news, is by knowing and understanding what the good news is saying. Which means we HAVE to read the Bible. It is not an option, but a necessity.
Lastly, I believe the most important reason we are given the Bible, God’s Word, is so that our relationship with Him can grow deeper. The more we read, the more we grow stronger in Him, the more God reveals to us and the more chances we are given to become a witness to others. In short, the more we read the Bible and seek God with our hearts, the more responsibility God gives us. And what’s better than being used as a tool for the glory of God’s kingdom? In my opinion, absolutely nothing.