Why do you read the Bible?

I once watched an interview with a guy who read nothing but the Bible for four years. During the interview scriptures rolled off his tongue. Every word of his interview was laced with Bible verses with references to book, chapter and verse.

Lots of believers, I believe, read their Bibles to learn Scripture. They memorize verses, phrases and sometimes even chapters.  They gain boatloads of information and Scripture knowledge. Present them with a situation you’re going through, or a struggle you’re enduring and they’ll quote specific scriptures they think you might use to help you in your situation.

I used to think memorizing lots of scriptures would help me be a better Christian. I could use them for my own walk, I thought, as well as share them with others to help them with their struggles. Memorizing scripture is a good thing, as long as the scriptures we memorize help us know the Author.

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my
sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them
within your heart. Proverbs 4:20-21

It wasn’t until I learned my true identity in Christ years later that I discovered the difference between information and revelation. Law and religion lead us to the Bible for information.  Grace leads us to the Bible for revelation from God.Grace leads us to read God’s word so God can reveal Himself to us through revelation.  Grace creates a hunger to know God’s word and know Jesus.  Those who understand that principle read God’s word because they want to hear from God. They want God to reveal Himself to them and speak directly to their hearts.

Chip Ingram confesses that he doesn’t read his Bible every day. But when he can’t read one day, he’s disappointed because he doesn’t want to miss anything God has to say to him.

A church in Evanston, Illinois asked Charlton Heston if he would return to his home town to help honor a pastor who was retiring after serving 62 years in ministry.

Heston agreed. At the celebration the MC pastor asked Heston if he would read the 23rd Psalm in his best Moses voice. Heston obliged and read the psalm. When he finished Heston asked the retiring pastor if he would come and read it as well.

The aging pastor walked to the podium and recited the 23rd Psalm.  However, when he finished there was not a sound in the hall. There were a few sniffles, lots of  tears, even a few sobs.

After the pastor finished, and the tears dried up, Heston said, “I know the book.  But this man knows the Author.”

Do you know the Author?

Do we read our Bibles for information or for revelation from God?


About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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3 Responses to Why do you read the Bible?

  1. ptl2010 says:

    The BIBLE reveals my God to me – He is awesome yet loving. We wonder whyHe loves us – it is found inHis Word. We wonder why man must die for his sins – it is found in the Bible. We wonder about second chances, about mortal man He calls His Friend and wonder how he could accept the repeated failings of man – it is His grace. Wonderful book of life – there is none like it.

  2. Great words, Looking Up. Praise God for our Father. Our Good Good Father.

  3. Looking Up! says:

    Spending time with my Saviour, my Father. Sometimes He gives me comfort from His word while other times He is showing me things I need to work on. Like a good Father He is sending me to a time out. I am thankful for those as well as the times He seems to be sharing with me for the first time although I have read the same passage many times. Our Father in Heaven has a vast amount of goodness to show us when we are seeking to know Him more. Seeking to draw nearer to Him than we were before.
    I pray that He never let’s me slip too far from Him.

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