So, why read the Bible?

5 Nov 2019, 11:02 // Matt Chisem

Hey lads, 

 

It's November already- what the heck?! I would love to know how your October was and what I can be praying for in November. 

 

I have been doing some thinking recently about how, as Christians, we can use the Bible to aid our relationship with God. One helpful way that I like to think about the Bible is to picture it as a library; full of different books with different information but with one common objective - to reveal who God is and what He has done for us. Here are two ways that I think the Bible can help us today: 

 

1. A guide 

 

"Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path"- Psalm 119:105 

 

The Bible was designed to operate like an instruction manual. When I'm assembling furniture from IKEA, it would be pretty foolish to try and do it without figuring out how the architect designed it to function, right?! It's the same with our lives. If we refuse to read the Bible, we are just simply making it up as we go along; and that can often lead, if your IKEA furniture is anything like mine, to an absolute mess! It was written so that we would have a constant and faithful guide that is constantly accessible. 

 

2. A signpost 

 

"There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe"- John 1:6-7 

 

The Bible gives us insight, wisdom, encouragement, rebuke, and so much hope! But it can't save you; only Jesus can. You could read the Bible every day of your life and still not know God. For example, I have read many books about Jonny Wilkinson but I don't know him personally because knowledge about him does not amount to knowledge of him. The Bible is a signpost, from front to back, that points us to Jesus and what He did for humanity on the cross. He is the object, the point, the prize. The Bible was written to deflect attention away from itself and onto Jesus. 

 

Hope that helps! If you have any questions, text me on 07939007302 and we can go for coffee! 

 

Matt