“Hey! How was your day?” Your mom asks as you walk through the kitchen, after a long day at school. “It was okay; I just have some homework to finish up.” You walk to the breakfast nook, unload your backpack, and get to work. A couple of hours later, you have completed your assignments and want to relax.
You walk into the living room, remove the pillows from the couch, and lay down to rest from the long day. You look over at the family coffee table, and you see a collection of Pottery Barn magazines plus a few books that your dad reads in his spare time. In the middle of the clutter is the Bible.
As young Christians, We have heard our youth pastors preach on the importance of diving into God’s word. We sometimes think to ourselves, Why? Why should I read it? I have done so much studying for my A.C.T.s that I am just worn out.” I understand that school requires so much from us today and we feel fatigued after a long day of lectures and homework. I realize that we just want to not even think about reading anything else, but this book has so many benefits.
1. His word builds our faith.
One of my favorite things about God’s word is that we see his constant promises throughout scripture. He told the disciples that he would not leave them comfortless and that he would come to them (John 14:18). He told Abraham that he would make him a great nation (Genesis 12:2). He also told his people that for those that wait upon him will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:31).
There are many more covenants that he expressed. When we open up his word and read his promises, his voice is speaking to us. He is showing us what he can do and will do. When we study his word, we start to remember his commitments. It starts to stick to our brains and into our hearts and because of that our faith in him will build. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and unlike science theories and laws, his word never changes.
2. His word gives clear understanding and direction.
The psalmist wrote, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” David was so correct when he composed the lyrics in Psalm 119. As students, we are unsure about what direction to take. Whether it be ministry calling, our choice of college, or a future career choice; we want to make the right decision in God’s direction. We pray for God to reveal his plan for our lives, but we have had his plan all along, and it’s in his word.
His word is so clear and straightforward. In his words, there are many instructions for our Christian growth. His word tells us how to fast (Matthew 6:16-18). It teaches us how to pray in numerous passages including Matthew 6 and Colossians 3:17. It also instructs us on how to love others as we progress through our ministry in Matthew 25:35-45, John 13:34-35, and Romans 12:10 just to name a few.
Once again his word is so simple. It doesn’t matter what education level we have, we can still understand it. Jesus states in Matthew 7 that if we seek, we shall find. We should search his word for direction and let it be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
3. His word provides the tools that we need.
“I bet you’re starving! Go ahead. Turn that stone into a loaf of bread.” Jesus cringed as he heard that voice tempting him to use his power for instant gratification. He looked at the rocks in the wilderness and said, “It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” He was tempted a few more times, but he kept using the scripture to win his battles.
He didn’t have to use his word. He’s God. He could have just thrown a lightning bolt at Satan and made him disintegrate into thin air. He didn’t do that because he wanted to show us that we can apply his word to our spiritual battles. For example, If one of us is fighting temptation, we can use 1 Corinthians 10:13. If we are struggling with finding the words to pray, we can use one of the Psalms that David composed. There are scriptures for every situation, and God placed the solution in our hands.
In closing, I hope that we have gained a newfound love and understanding of his word. His many promises build us up, his instructions provide us with a clear direction, and what he wrote through Moses, Paul, and others, gave us the tools we need to grow in him. May you grow in knowledge, love, and spirit.