What difficult issues of life are you facing? What is causing you grief or pain? How are you dealing with the problem? What solutions have you tried?
Recently, I watched an old video of evangelist Ray Comfort explain why he didn’t have the patience to be a pastor. (CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video of Ray Comfort.) Whenever someone approached Ray for counseling, before he heard the details he would ask one question, “Have you read your Bible every day without fail?” Since everyone would finally admit that they didn’t read the Bible every day without fail, Ray responded, “Then that’s your problem.” Then he exposited Psalm 1.
After reading Psalm 1 for yourself, let’s focus on verses 2-3.
Because a blessed man delights and meditates on God’s law all the time (verse 2), the result is that things go well (verse 3).
5 Good Things That Happen when we Spend Time Studying the Bible
- We find wisdom (Proverbs, James 1:5).
- We focus on God, not on ourselves (Psalm 8; Psalm 13).
- We learn to deal with sin God’s way (Psalm 51; 1 John 1:9).
- We hope in the future (Psalm 42; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 5:1-5; Revelation 21-22).
- We are reminded of our life’s purpose: to glorify God (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Corinthians 10:31), by obeying God (John 14:15), loving others (Mark 12:29-31), and evangelizing (Matthew 28:19-20).
I don’t know what trials you are facing, but I truly believe that God’s Word, the Bible, has wisdom and encouragement for us to live victoriously through every circumstance. So start reading your Bible every day. You might find a specific answer to your particular problem, but you will definitely find God’s strength and comfort to persevere.
Can you think of any other results that come from reading and studying the Bible? What Bible verses or passages have encouraged your heart in difficult circumstances?