Have you ever considered how fortunate you are to be able to read this message?
That is not intended as a boast – although we hope fromAbove messages are helpful – but to highlight how great it is to be able to read. It means we can learn or simply get pleasure from reading.
Illiteracy (not being able to read) is associated with poor mental health and shorter life-expectancy. This is why so many countries around the world have made it a priority to teach children to read.
Reading is a good thing but of course what we read is really important. There are plenty of books and web content that are unhelpful and can damage our wellbeing. Choosing wisely is vital. The Bible is a first-class choice for reading. If you like action stories, the books of Judges and Acts provide lots of excitement. For advice and self-help, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are hard to beat. If you like poetry, the Psalms provide all the emotional highs and lows that you could wish for. For character studies, the Prophets and Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus are unsurpassed.
But the Bible is different to your average good book. The messages it contains are meaningful for our eternal wellbeing. The Bible’s author is God; the people who wrote it down were doing so under His guidance.
One of the Psalmists wrote “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.
After thinking about God’s word, he was able to direct his life in way that would please God.
The apostle Paul wrote to a young man called Timothy that “from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”. He goes on to say that reading the Bible would help him to be righteous, a complete man ready to live for God.
Reading the Bible should not be a daunting idea. There are some excellent reading plans that help to guide you little by little each day. Doing this with prayer will help you to develop your relationship with God and Jesus, and give meaning to your life now and hope for the future in God’s kingdom.