A couple of weeks ago the thought of how I was not doing my best as far as consistency in bible study was concerned. This however was not the first time such a thought had crisscrossed my conscience and made me think so deeply about my lack of commitment (at times) in reading (studying and applying) the Word of God. It had happened to me many times in the past that I would set goals to read the bible from cover to cover and embark on it with much zeal only to lose the battle on the way.
I remember one-time starting off the journey with immeasurable enthusiasm. I wanted to do it, I wanted to get to know Gods greatness in the progression of time as I had always heard my pastor say. I had always recalled the way he would say about this God, and moreso, the savior – Jesus- that he is him that was from the beginning of time and still is even in the current times, and that he will still reign far past the end of time. I yearned to get an understanding of these and many other facts about this amazing God. The doctrine of the trinity, mores, fascinated and evoked my curiosity the more. I needed to get a grip of these, I had to read the bible. and so, I started the journey. It took me not long and the zeal was gone, the fascination was nowhere. It no longer was exciting as it initially was and so I stopped it. This happened to me severally.
And so, over the few past weeks, my mind was redirected. I found myself thinking in a different direction. Why should I read the Bible? As a young a Christian, of what essence is this so-called Word of God to me?
The bible wasn’t written that it may expand our knowledge. Rather, it was written that it might inspire us and lead us towards understanding of our creator’s great love, and the mystery of his immense grace and mercy. This, amongst other reasons should motivate all Christians to study the word of God.
Firstly, this Word is infallible. It comes with absolutely no error whatsoever. Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” Clearly, therefore, the Word of God is the only perfect word ever spoken to humanity and thus, we should study it. Secondly, it is a complete word, given to us to fully guide our Christian walk. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” Therefore, I (we) must study it because it contains the full instructions for our living. It totally suffices our needs. Thirdly, the Word of God is sure, and will always accomplish its purpose. In Isaiah 55:11 it says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” This simply implies that this word carries in it the blessings of being Christian in the promises that God makes all through and then assures us that these will come to pass according to the will of God.
This understanding motivated me to be serious about studying the Bible because in there has he hidden the promise of eternity. It is in the lines of the bible that the promises of God and the assurance that He gives to His followers are found. I will study it with consistency.