“Some…are reading the Word of God for the wrong reasons, such as curiosity or pride (in the sense that they can tell others how often they read it). Others read to accumulate knowledge as a weapon of war, but not against Satan. They use it for the purpose of being able to argue successfully with those who would differ from them or have an opposing point of view. As a result of their wrongful reading there is not thought of God, no yearning for spiritual edification, no benefit to the soul, and most importantly, no power in their lives to overcome ..”
The Word is where we can go to find truth when we are confused. The Word is Truth and never changes. The Word is a light to our path; it will help us make decisions throughout life. The Word is a weapon; it is a sword we can swing to conquer lies.
But, most importantly the Word is God speaking to us, to us as individuals and as His family. He wants to meet with us. He beckons us to come. Reading the Bible is hearing from God. As we read He talks to us. Amidst His conversing with us, we respond. We talk to Him. We may ask questions or plead for strength to obey. We may be overcome with thankfulness or we may beg for mercy. We may be convicted or reminded of other’s needs.
Reading God’s word is an excitingly expectant way of getting to know our Savior more. Gaining understanding of who He is and who He has made us to be is a lifelong mission. “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8