As disciples of Christ, there is a key spiritual discipline that proves to benefit our lives exponentially: studying God’s Word. With so much vying for our attention, it is incredibly important to make spending time in His Word a priority so that we can know the truth of who He is and what He says. So, here are three reasons why spending time in Scripture really helps you, no matter what situation you are in.
1. God’s Word encourages us.
“And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32)
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5)
Often times when we are struggling, discouraged, or stressed, we seek comfort, reassurance, and hope. When we take time to read God’s Word–a book written just for us–we’re reminded of who God is, the love He has for us, and the joy only He can provide. He encourages and emboldens us in our faith every moment we spend resting in His presence. For when you turn to the Lord, no matter the circumstance, He is waiting there with open arms for you.
2. God’s Word challenges us.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
As disciples we are called to obediently carry out the commands of God. We are to be learners, fruit-bearers, and doers of the Word. Through daily Bible reading and the work of the Holy Spirit, we become aware of God’s will for our lives and the calling He desires for us to step up and into—all for His glory.
3. God’s Word edifies us.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
“Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” (Job 5:17)
As sinners saved by grace, we have a need for edification. We must grow in spirit, in character, and in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. And, we have been given the best Teacher, who provided a living example for us. It is through the reading of Scripture we gain a better understanding of who Jesus is and His life on earth. As His faithful followers, it is by His example we should live. Therefore, we have no need to fear or grumble when He corrects us. Rather, we can rejoice that the God of creation loves us so much that He wants to make us the best version of ourselves for His glory. This is the ultimate result of the edification process: to make Him known.