The Bible is more than just a collection of stories, prophecies, and teachings. It is the inspired Word of God. One of the main ways God communicates with his children is through the Bible.
Can you imagine having a child, and the main channel you use to communicate with that child is ignored? Typically, children talk to their parents in person, on the phone, by texts, and by email. Think of it as God your Heavenly Father speaking to you in person, on the phone, texting you, and emailing you. The Bible is God’s Word, it is God literally communicating with us.
Studying the Bible should not be ignored, rather it should be a key activity of a Christian.
2 Timothy 3:16 (New King James Version)
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
These are 8 Reasons Why You Should Study the Bible
1. It is the Way to Know God's Will.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:105 ESV).
By studying the Bible, we can discern God's will for our lives and understand His intentions and desires for us.
Sometimes you may be asking God to give you clarity and speak to you about a particular issue. Just study the Bible. You can go from cover to cover i.e. Genesis to Revelation or you can study a chapter or section that God lays in your heart. In the final analysis, you will find that God will speak to you via His Word and give you clarity.
2. It is the Way to Know God's Purpose.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV).
The Bible provides clarity on God's grand design and individual purpose for each of us.
3. It Helps You Build Your Faith.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17 ESV).
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It is crucial to build your faith because, in many instances in the Bible, Jesus said “Be it unto you according to your faith” Here are some examples:
a). Matthew 9:29 - "Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you."
b). Matthew 15:28 - "Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour."
If your getting miracles, breakthroughs, and your expectations met is according to your faith, it therefore stands to reason that you should make building your faith a priority.
By immersing ourselves in Scripture, our faith is nourished and strengthened. You can become a spiritual giant by diligent study of the Word.
4. It is the Way to Get to Know God.
In other faiths, disciples prioritize studying the words and writings of the religious figures they follow. For Christians, the Bible is our direct access to God's voice. “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3 ESV).
Think about it. A lot of what you know about God either came from you studying the Bible yourself or someone else studying the Bible and teaching or preaching about God.
Can you imagine how much more you can know Jesus by spending time in the Word; studying and meditating on the Word?
5. Meditating on the Word of God Brings Success.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 ESV).
Additionally, Psalm 1 tells us that those who delight in the law of the Lord will be blessed. One cannot meditate on the Word of God they haven't studied.
6. The Word of God Cleanses.
“That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.” (Ephesians 5:26 ESV).
The scriptures purify our thoughts, actions, and intentions. Daily and regular study of the Word makes Christians cleansed and purified.
7. It Helps You Grow as a Christian.
Think of the Bible as spiritual food. If you were to starve for 3 weeks, how would you look? How strong would you be? How healthy would you be? To what extent could your body fight off disease?
“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2 ESV).
Scripture nourishes our spiritual growth, helping us mature in our Christian walk.
Do you want to grow strong in the Lord? Do you want to become a spiritual giant? Do you want to be an anointed vessel of God? Spend a lot of time studying the Bible.
8. You Become Knowledgeable and Can Teach Others.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to preach the Word and make disciples of all nations.
Matthew 28:19-20 (New King James Version)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
So it is not just about you. It's also about fulfilling the great commission.
You need to be knowledgeable in the Word of God so you can teach others, encourage others, edify others, and disciple others.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 ESV).
2 Timothy 2:15 (King James Version)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
As we dive deeper into the Word, we become equipped to disciple, share and teach others about the love and wisdom of God.
Putting It All Together
Studying the Bible is not a mere religious ritual; it's a transformative activity. The more we study, the more we build our faith, grow strong in the Lord, gain spiritual power and insight, and become knowledgeable and wise.
As we invest time in understanding God's Word, we not only grow closer to Him but also become lights guiding others towards His grace. Whether for personal growth or the edification of others, studying the Bible is an essential practice for every believer.
About the Author
Edikan Uko is an entrepreneur, and management consultant focusing on strategic management and innovation. She is a media owner and publisher. She is an alumna of the University of Strathclyde Business School. She is also a Bible teacher, speaker, founder of Arise Global Intercessors, and editor of LoveFaithandMiracles.com