“If you have a Bible that is falling apart, you’ll have a life that’s not.” -Adrian Rogers
A major aspect of getting alone with God should include taking some time to read the Bible. God speaks to us through the Scriptures. It’s one of the primary ways that God intersects with your life. Any time you crack open the Holy Scriptures and read the Word of God, it is a divine appointment.
We should treasure God’s Word above all things. Job tells us that he treasured God’s Word more than his daily food (Job 23:12). Jesus echoes the same sentiment in Matthew 4:4 when he said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”
Take a moment to read Psalm 119. You will find that you need more than a moment. At 176 verses, it’s the longest chapter in the Bible. It’s topic? God’s Word. My Bible titles this Psalm as “Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God.” Read through it and you will see many of the benefits of reading the Word of God.
God’s Word is eternal. It stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). The Word of God is living and active. It discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). It accomplishes God’s purposes (Isaiah 55:11). God’s Word points us to Jesus (John 5:39). We obtain faith by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). The Word of God works effectively in the lives of those who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13). It is inspired and profitable for sound doctrine, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
You don’t need the voice of men when you have a verse from God. To know the author, you must read His book. The Bible is God’s love letter to us. It is a road map for life. It has been read by more people and published in more languages than any other book in history. It is truly the world’s all-time best seller. Abraham Lincoln lauded it’s excellence and encouraged the reader to “take all of this Book that you can by reason and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better person. It is the best Book which God has given to humankind.”
Make an appointment with God’s Word every day. Get into the Word and let the Word get into you. Read it. Study it. Memorize it. Quote it. Meditate on it. Think upon it. Contemplate it. Pray it. Sing it. Write it. Speak it. Share it! Then you will understand what Charles Spurgeon, known as the “Prince of Preachers,” meant when he said, “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” Reading God’s Word is a divine appointment you can have every day and never grow tired of it.