There are several places in the Bible that tells us that God wants us not only to read his word, but study it. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” In order to be used of God to teach others about Christ, you need to know what his word says. You may need to know where something is in the Bible to be able to answer questions, or to show someone where the answer is.
When we read the Bible we are to meditate upon it. Read it word by word —sentence by sentence. Isaiah 28:10 says, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little, The more you read the word of God, the more you will remember and be able to tell others what you have learned. You can’t learn the whole Bible in a day or even a year. You could read the Bible through several times and still not know everything. The Bible is the greatest book you will ever read. You can study it, search it and learn from it. You may read a scripture once and get one important meaning from it, then later read it again and get something different. I encourage you to read it word by word.
If we read God’s word, we will learn from it; therefore we will know what sin is and therefore will make it easier not to sin, because we will know what God thinks about sin. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” You have to know what God’s law is in order to know what sin is. To obtain knowledge is good but wisdom comes from above. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and will all thy getting get understanding.”
Let the word of God guide you day by day. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.“ It gives us instruction on everything we need to know. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
The Bible helps us with any trouble that might come our way. It helps us know how to teach our children, to love others, to love our spouse. It teaches us how to behave and how to respect others, including our masters. Our masters are those that have the rule over us, such as a boss, the president, police officers, etc… We are to follow laws that have been set up by our rulers as long as they do not interfere with what God has told us to do.
In the last days, the Bible tells us that there could be scoffers that mock God, rulers who will judge you harshly for telling others about Christ. Luke 21:12 says, “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.” There might be a time when you will have to stand against the rulers of this world for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The word of God is more precious than silver or gold. David said in Psalm 119:127, “Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.” It is the divine word of God. God speaks to us through his word. He tells us about things that will happen in the future and about things that has happened in the past.
If you need to know anything, pray and ask God for guidance and read his word. He will reveal things to you through his word. The word of God is powerful and can show you your ways, whether good or bad. The Bible can show you what your sin is. Hebrews 4:12, “The word of God is quick, powerful, sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
I encourage you to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. If you want to learn more about Jesus first, then I encourage you to start with Matthew and read through the New Testament and then back to Genesis. Good luck with your studying of God’s word. May it be a light unto your path.