I’ve been taking a Citizen’s Academy course to learn how our local sheriff’s office works. Talk about a real learning experience. I also just finished with a two day writer’s workshop. All this education, even though I’m published, will help me in the long run with my writing.
A lot of people quit educating themselves once they’ve achieved a goal. They think there’s nothing else for them to learn. That seems to be true of published authors and Bible readers. Once someone reads through the Bible, they don’t see a reason to do it again.
However, every time you read the Bible, you learn something new. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Here are five reasons to read and study the Bible:
- You can teach others about God;
- You keep God close to your heart and mind;
- It keeps you in God’s presence;
- It puts God’s word in you (not your minister’s or the Sunday school teacher’s word, but your own); and
- The more you read, the better equipped you are to fight off Satan.
Can you think of other reasons to read the Bible?
You’re never too old to learn. In 2010, ninety-eight year old Ruth Hayes Green graduated from high school. Why would someone decide to go back to school when they’re in their nineties? Because Ms. Green knew she had more to learn.
Learning keeps your mind fresh. There are new discoveries occurring every day. Read books, read the paper, and read your Bible to ward of things like Alzheimer’s.
Your body should be active and so should your mind. The less you use it, the more you lose it. And if you lose your connection to God, it’s only a matter of time until the devil steps in.