4 Reasons to Open Your Bible

Your Bible won’t open by accident today. With so many other things clamoring for your attention, you won’t dig into God’s Word without intention. But reading the Bible is more than just another check on your to-do list. It’s more like an archeological dig for truth.

In John 17:17, Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”

God’s truth is worth pursuing every single day. Here are four reasons why.

1. Truth is a grid.

You find yourself sitting in a classroom, notebook on your desk, pen in your hand, listening to a teacher who is telling you that the teachings of the Bible aren’t true and that science . . . or philosophy . . . or reason is the only path to truth.

God’s truth is worth pursuing every single day.

Or maybe a friend will challenge your beliefs. She will question you on why you think the Bible is true and why God matters anyway. She might make some valid points. Then what?

Or a new book comes out and everyone is reading it, but you’re not sure if you should. How do you make that decision? How do you judge what you should and should not be reading, watching, and listening to?

These are times when truth has the power to become our grid. (Another word for grid is filter). Maybe you’ve heard the term “worldview.” A worldview is simply the pair of glasses through which you see the world.

The Bible is so much more than a list of rules or stories. Truth can be a filter that you use to see your life more clearly.

You can take the questions, doubts, and concerns you have throughout your life and squeeze them through the grid of God’s Word and find answers every time.

We believe that God’s Word does not change, so we hold on tightly to it no matter what is happening around us.

Most of us need to make a simple switch. Instead of looking at the Bible and trying to understand it through the filter of the world around us, we need to look at the world around us through the lens of the Bible. Instead of trying to make what the culture says about:

      • our beauty
      • our entertainment
      • our future. . .

line up with God’s Word, we need to look at those subjects through the filter of the Bible.

We believe that God’s Word does not change, so we hold on tightly to it no matter what is happening around us.

2. Truth is a gird.

First Peter 1:13 says, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (KJV).

When was the last time you worked the phrase “gird up your loins” into a sentence? It’s not a term we throw around much any more. It’s an image of securing clothing with a belt, of preparing for action, or bracing ourselves. The job of a gird is to secure, support, and surround.

When Paul urges us to put on the armor of God when fighting against “the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness” (Eph. 6:12), he tells us to fasten on “the belt of truth” (v. 14).

Truth has the power to protect us from enemies we can and cannot see. It braces us to live our lives for Christ, come what may. It supports us and holds us up when our world starts spinning.

Life is a battlefield. God’s Word is standard issue armor!

3. Truth is a tether.

Here’s a shocker: 60 percent of young people from Christian homes will ultimately abandon their faith.

Life is a battlefield. God’s Word is standard issue armor!

If something doesn’t change, you will likely be one of those girls who grew up in church, who heard the teachings of Jesus, who spent years trying to follow Him, but eventually decide to follow a different path.

John 14:6 reminds us why that matters:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus is the only answer for the deepest longings of your heart and the biggest questions in your head. He is our only hope of salvation from sin. There is no other way.

Experts say that what you believe about God and your religious habits (reading the Bible, praying, going to church, etc.) are formed in your teen years. The way you handle God’s Word right now will impact you for the rest of your life!

God’s truth has the power to keep you connected to God Himself. But here’s the kicker—you actually have to know God’s truth to be tied to it.

I often have girls tell me:

      • “I just don’t hear from the Lord anymore.”
      • “I don’t hear from God like you do.”
      • “God feels so distant.”

My response is always the same: “Are you reading your Bible?”

Check out John 1:1:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Certainly, God can speak audibly. He can impress something on your heart. But the way He speaks most often is through His Word.

We won’t know God without knowing His Word. Our relationship with God will never be stronger, more intimate, more powerful, than our relationship with His Word.

If you don’t make a habit of studying God’s truth and applying it to your choices, if you don’t “gird yourself” up with what God teaches you through the Bible, you will find yourself unprotected, unsure, and untied from God.

4. Truth is a fairy-tale castle.

When I was fifteen, my family took a vacation to Walt Disney World. I remember Space Mountain. I remember the tea cups (because they made me queasy!). I remember that even as a teenager I wanted to give Mickey Mouse a big bear hug. What I remember most clearly is Cinderella’s castle. You can see it from all over the park. Since almost every girl likes to imagine herself as a princess, I loved being in the presence of an actual fairy-tale castle.

I later learned that the designers of the park built the castle with a different goal in mind. Amusement park goers often experience something called “museum feet.” It’s a general feeling of being lost or exhausted that comes from being in such a large space. Having museum feet could give Disney fans a bad experience or cause them to give up and leave the park. If architects include a large visual landmark such as Cinderella’s castle at Disney World, the Spaceship Earth at Epcot Center, or Sky Trek Tower at 6 Flags, tourists are less likely to become overwhelmed.

Truth works the same way. Life is big! It’s easy to feel lost or overwhelmed or like you want off the ride, but when we know God’s truth we are anchored and protected from the feeling of “museum feet.” Truth gives us a point to come back to when we feel alone, small, or afraid.

More Than a Book

The Bible is so much more than a book! It is God-breathed and useful for shaping us into Christ’s image more and more (2 Tim. 3:16). Your phone isn’t a good substitute. Neither is binge-watching your favorite Netflix show. If you want to meet with God today, run to His Word!

We’ve linked to some resources below to help you get started.

10 Ways to Study the Bible
How Reading the Whole Bible Changed My Life Forever
5 Ways to Stop Staring At Your Bible in a Daze
30-Day Bible Reading Challenge

PS: Much of this post is taken from my book My Name Is Erin: One Girl’s Journey To Discover Truth.

About Author

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Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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