Studying the Bible can be fun and challenging. We often hear pastors tell us we should read the Bible every day, spending at least fifteen minutes to jump-start our day. I have taken Bible reading to a whole new level.
I started studying the Bible many years ago for a closer walk with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It has been a journey of discovery that has led me to greater heights in my Christian walk.
Bible study for me is a journey of faith. As you read God’s story from Genesis to Revelation, seeking to know His heart, you will also see His great love for people, and not just the people He calls His children – the Jewish nation of Israel, but you will see His love for all the people of the world.
John 3:16 shows us that God loved the world so much, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die a cruel death on a cross so that all those who accept Him will not die, but live eternally with Him. 2 Peter 3:9 shows us how much God wants all of us to receive His salvation, found in the death, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, by giving us every chance possible to accept Him. This shows us not that He has forgotten us, or the promises He gave us, but that He loves and cares about our eternal soul.
With so much love to give us, why wouldn’t we want to study the Bible?
I know there are a lot of skeptics in the world who believe the Bible is old-fashioned and isn’t relevant for today, and is even a myth. However, God has put the skeptics to shame by uncovering the truth of His Word through archaeological finds proving the people mentioned in the Bible, and their cultures really did exist.
In daily Bible study, you will find it is not just a history book about the nation of Israel and how they came to be a nation, but you will hear God’s heartbeat for all those who come to trust and obey Him.
I know many people look at the Bible as restrictive, full of all the things we are not to do. However, in studying the laws given to Moses on Mount Sinai, you will see there is a lot more than ‘thou shalt not’ associated with the laws, there is hope and faith.
Hope and faith are not only found in the New Testament with acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It is also found in the Old Testament, which shows how putting faith and trust in God led to a life of blessing and even abundant living. The Old Testament also points to the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a Savior to redeem the world back to Himself after Adam’s fall in the Garden of Eden.
I have heard for many years that the Old Testament points the way to salvation in Jesus Christ, and the New Testament shows us how to live the Christian life.
In taking this journey, from Genesis to Revelation, I have found God’s heart on every page. I have seen His love in action, and I have seen how much He cares about me.
God cared enough about me to give me His Word, the Bible. How could I not spend the time to get to know Him through His Word and learning as much as I can about the God who loves me?