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WHY MUST WE STUDY THE BIBLE?

JAN 15

2 Timothy 2:14-19
Memorise 2 Timothy 2:15
“as ye have received of us how ye ought to …please God,
so ye would abound more and more.”

I thank God that I was recently able to read through the entire Bible, which is something that I have always wanted to do, and that I have been encouraged by many preachers and speakers to do too. However, when I came to the end, I was struck by how much more that I had yet to learn. So many areas remained in which I lacked understanding, and so many teachings and doctrines that I still could not explain clearly.

In today’s reading, we find a clear command from God. This verse was given by Paul to Timothy to remind him of his great responsibility as a minister of the Word. Yet, the same applies for ordinary Christians like you and me. We are commanded to “study” the Word of God. It is not enough just to read the Bible once a week on Sunday mornings, or even 1 or 2 verses perfunctorily each day just to soothe our consciences. Instead we are to search the Scriptures diligently, to meditate -- chew on its words, to draw out lessons and understand the riches of its deep and marvellous truths.

And why must we study it? Paul gives us 2 very good reasons. First of all, we study the Bible in order to please God. Just as an earthly father is happy when his children make the effort to know him, likewise God our heavenly Father is pleased when we search His Word in order to know Him and understand His will. And we are to faithfully and diligently perform our duty, so that we do not need to be ashamed when we come before God. Secondly, we study the Bible so that we are able to rightly divide it. What this means is that, through close and careful studying of God’s Word, we become skilful and effective in understanding the Bible. We are able to discern right from wrong, truth from falsehood, good from bad.

Dear teen, have you been a faithful student of God’s Word? Or will you need to be ashamed before God because you have not been studying His Word diligently? May you realise today the great importance of studying the Bible, and seek to be a lifelong student of His Word. No matter how many times you may read the Bible in your lifetime, there will always be new truths waiting to be discovered.

Thought: To please God is to know His Word.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be a diligent student of Your Word.