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12 Promises for Perseverance in Bible Reading

5. In the Bible, we hear directly from the mouth of the God of the universe.

All Scripture is breathed out by God. (2 Timothy 3:16)

May we never be bored reading the Bible. May we never forget that the almighty God of the universe is speaking directly to us in those moments.

There are probably people you are dying to meet in person. You would never miss the opportunity if it was given to you. You would clear your schedule of anything to be with them. Shouldn’t the God of the universe make that list? We meet him again and again in his word when we read our Bibles.

6. The Bible is a free course on life taught by God himself.

All Scripture is … profitable for teaching. (2 Timothy 3:16)

If God is speaking, and his word is profitable for teaching, then we get to go to class every day under the professorship of God himself. And it’s free. Indeed, God has given us his Spirit to teach us his secret and hidden wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:7, 10).

7. The Bible enlightens us to areas where we need to grow so that we can be changed and trained into the image of Christ.

We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

As we see Jesus in his word, we will also see that we don’t measure up. We will see sin and areas for growth. Jesus is the standard for change and the means of change. As we see him, the Spirit goes to work to change us more and more into his image, and to set us free from the silly little desires and idols we’ve been settling for.

8. The Bible equips us for good works that bring glory to our God.

All Scripture is breathed out by God … that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)

The Bible stirs us up and equips us to do good works that beautifully adorn the gospel. And as we do these good works, others see them and give glory to our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12). We want our lives to count for his glory, and God gives us the guide for that great cause in his word.

9. The Bible produces healthy and happy families and relationships.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. … Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:1, 4)

We cannot know how and why we ought to obey our parents, at least in a way that honors God, if we do not know the word of God. And we cannot know how to raise our children to know, and love, and obey the Lord if we do not know the word of the Lord.

Families and church families will be much healthier and happier places, for all of the reasons already mentioned above, if we are people saturated with the Bible.