We’ve already mentioned three good reasons to spend time daily in God’s Word:
- The Bible is God’s Message to Us
- God’s Word is Light
- Scripture is Essential to our Spiritual Growth
Much more could be said, but the final one I’d like to mention is:
Reason #4: To Discern Truth from Error
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11, ESV)
These Christians from Berea were highly regarding by the author of Acts because they compared the teachings they heard to what was written in the scriptures. What an outstanding model for us to follow. We need to know what God’s Word says so that when we encounter error, we’ll recognize it.
God takes it very seriously when truth is twisted into something else, especially if the message of the Gospel is being distorted. Look at the apostle’s striking words:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6–9, ESV)
Those are serious and intense words, but Paul knew what he was up against. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and you can bet he wants you to believe those lies.
So study up! Make time to study God’s Word today and make it a regular habit. Find the right time and place that works for you and enjoy a deepening relationship with almighty God. Start today!