The Benefits of Studying the Word
There are many benefits to be had from studying the scriptures. First and foremost is the fact that you get to know God in a more intimate way. The Bible itself tells us that all scripture is God-breathed; in other words, it comes from the mouth of the Lord. And in His own words, God tells us who He is and what He does so that we can get to know Him and love Him more deeply. This then becomes the very basis for the worship we offer up to Him.
In addition, the Bible is an instruction manual that God wrote to lead us towards behavior that pleases Him. In this regard, God addresses our vertical relationship (with Him) as well as our horizontal relationships (with the people around us).
But this isn’t all. Whenever we are feeling lost—like a ship without a rudder—the Bible offers encouragement, assuring us that God has a purpose for our lives. We have direction because God has a good and perfect plan for our lives. For assurance, we have only to read the story of Joseph beginning in the 37th chapter of Genesis.
One of the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel), Joseph was sold into slavery at a young age by his jealous brothers.
In the ensuing years, he encountered many difficult and life-threatening situations. But God was watching over him the entire time and finally, Joseph was made aware of the plan God had for his life.
It involved a dream he had in his youth in which his brothers bowed down to him. But it wasn’t until many years later (under extreme duress) that the meaning of the dream was finally realized.
God elevated Joseph to second in command under Pharaoh for the specific purpose of saving the world from starvation. Joseph’s story is an encouragement to anyone who has felt their life was without purpose.
When we yield to His sovereignty, God makes His purpose known to us; and if we are willing to follow, He guides our footsteps in the right direction to fulfill that purpose.
In addition, we find comfort in the Word, especially in the Psalms. Psalm 51 assures us that God will forgive the worst of sins and restore us to a right relationship with Him. No matter what we might have done, if you are God’s child He will not let you go. He will correct however severely He must get you to see your sin; once you repent, He is all in for restoration and forgiveness.
Can you imagine the joy that was felt by Martha and Mary when their brother Lazarus was brought back to life? He was dead for four days at the time Jesus approached the tomb. The sisters were devastated, mourning, wailing, wondering why their beloved Jesus hadn’t come to prevent the death of their brother. But Jesus had a teaching in mind for them. He showed through Lazarus that He (Jesus) is the resurrection and the life.
So when a loved one dies, we can be assured that they are alive now with Christ in heaven and know that they will be resurrected someday alongside you.
Here’s the bottom line:
If you do not read the Word, you miss out on the encouragement and comfort you need to face the trials of life. You may even become downcast and defeated. Jesus told us we would have tribulation in this world, but He also said that He had already overcome the devil. The Good News is that a deep faith in Christ will get you through anything life throws your way. We don’t have to do it alone. We can let the active, powerful Word of God guide us through the trials in life. And the more we study the Word, the more influence it has over our lives.