Reading the Bible for Ourselves

The unprecedented access we have to the wisdom of others on YouTube, Netflix, social media, in books, etc. proves bittersweet. On one hand, these outlets provide encouragement, wisdom and advice. On the contrary, these sources can easily take the place of our own personal knowledge and revelation of the Bible, which comes from reading it ourselves and praying for understanding.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

God wants a personal relationship with us. Just as our favorite leaders hear from God, we can too. Through Biblical reading, prayer and worship we will find pertinent answers to our situations. We will find guidance with our toughest decisions. We will learn how to love, keep our joy and control our minds. As we continuously carve out time to glean wisdom from God in His word, He will be the strongest voice in our hearts and minds.

Now, pastors, writers, worshipers, and bloggers all have their place in offering commentary on God’s word, especially if we’re having a hard time deciphering parts of the Bible. But, we must never forget that God’s word should be first and foremost on our quest to hear and know God. And besides, how will we ever experience the sweet wisdom and heavenly communion available in the pages of the Bible if we never study it for ourselves? 

How sweet are your words to my taste,

    sweeter than honey to my mouth!

I gain understanding from your precepts;

    therefore I hate every wrong path.

Your word is a lamp for my feet,

    a light on my path. (Psalm 119:103-105 NIV)

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