In the end, there are only two responses to the Bible–either you receive it or you reject it.
I recommend you receive it. Here’s why.
Basic to the Christian faith is the conviction that God, far from being dead and dumb, is living and vocal.
This means you can get to know him on a personal level…
Why is it important to get to know him? To know him means to build your life on a solid foundation.
As John Piper puts it, it’s about putting ballast in the belly of your boat so that you can survive the wicked storm surge of the sea.
What You’ll Learn from Studying the Bible
If you read your Bible, you’ll learn how to survive adversity and judgment. You’ll overcome temptations, avoid sin. You’ll reform your mind. You’ll share words of wisdom and encouragement with people who need comfort.
But reading your Bible involves time. Lots of time.
It’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have to get up extra early in the morning. Stop staying up so late. Avoid the television, the radio. Practice patience and quietness.
It’s going to cramp your style–something fierce. That’s the drawback. The dark side.
What You’ll Gain from Studying the Bible
However, if you believe the Bible is God’s spoken Word that expresses God’s unapologetic purpose, then you’ll never regret the time spent.
You’ll never begrudge the sacrifices. (You’ll just learn how to make coffee at 4:30 AM.)
In fact, make the sacrifice and you’ll re-discover the lost art of meditation. You’ll experience the joy of solitude. The joy of isolation with Christ. You’ll crave time with Christ and your Bible.
And you’ll find what you need to survive in our post-modern, soap-opera saturated world.
So, what do your Bible study habits look like? Do you have strange circumstances that demand bizarre accommodations? And what personal changes have you seen from a sustained study and memorization of and meditation on the Bible? I look forward to your thoughts.