As moms, we wear a lot of hats and have a lot of responsibilities. And sometimes when we’re overwhelmed, our daily Bible reading is the first thing we cut out. It doesn’t feel as urgent as some of the other things, so it is tempting to let it fall by the wayside. It is absolutely imperative that we don’t do this, and today I’m going to share some of reasons that we need time in our Bible. We can’t afford to cut it out in the midst of busyness.
If you are too busy to read the Bible every day, you are busier than Almighty God ever intended any human being should be. -D.L. Moody
1. Give God His due place. Psalm 29:2 calls us to “give unto the Lord the glory due to his name…” He deserves a life of worship, and a small start of that is to spend time in His word, learning more about Him.
2. It takes us from surviving to thriving. When I began my Thriving Thursdays link up, I started it with a question for readers about what helps you thrive instead of just surviving. The overwhelming response was time with the Lord. It really is the “magic” ingredient to more fulfillment and joy in our lives.
3. Gain focus in the midst of distractions. Everything about this world threatens to distract us from the Lord and our Heavenly purpose. Time in God’s word gives us the spiritual focus we need to put that aside, put it behind us, and focus on Him and Him alone. I think of Peter walking on water. He needed to be focused on his Lord and Savior, and our daily Bible reading helps us do that.
Reading God’s word can give us peace in the midst of chaos. Life can be chaotic. With all those hats we’re wearing and little kids running around, sometimes life is just pure chaos. Spending time in prayer and reading the Word gives us peace in the midst of it.
4. We need God’s word to convict, and challenge us. If we are living outside His will, even in “small” ways, His word can help reveal those things to us. It is a constant refining process.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12
5. The Bible is true and for our benefit. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We need God’s word in order to be able to carry out His will for our lives. We can’t do it without Him and His instruction.
6. Reading His word helps us hear His voice. Jesus says his sheep will hear his voice. But sometimes we don’t make time to listen. Reading our Bibles and spending daily time with the Lord helps us to be open and in tune to hearing His voice, because we are used to what it will sound like and know what to listen for. He is ready to give us the guidance we need when we seek him.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. -Jeremiah 29:12-13
7. A closer walk with God. The Christian life is built upon a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. However, unlike other relationships where we may stress about how to have a better relationship, there is no secret to getting closer to God. He makes it plain and clear. James 4:8 tells us, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
8. To defend against Satan’s attacks. We need to put on the full armor of God, and a big part of that is His word. When Jesus was tempted by Satan, he responded with the Word. Just as we teach our children to hide God’s word in their hearts, if we hide it in ours, it will come back to us when we need it and help us through life’s trials and temptations.
9. Because it is ALL important. The entirety of Scripture is God-inspired and important. However, some parts of it may not make great sermons. We can’t just rely on what we are getting from others, even preachers and great teachers. We need to go to the source.
10. Because what we’re filled with is what comes out. If you are filled with God’s word in your heart because you are daily making time to spend with him in reading and prayer, then when trials and stressful situations arise, you’ll be ready. His words will come back to challenge, convict, and comfort you as needed. When you are reading God’s word and filled with His spirit, then it is things of the spirit that will flow through you and out of you.
If you’re not convinced, here is a great article about the importance of staying in the Word.