The benefits of reading, studying, and applying God’s Word are endless. But there are some we think about – and dare I say, seek – more than others.
We know the Bible teaches us more about God, His will, and His ways. We have experienced God’s comfort, peace, and encouragement through His Word. And we have gained direction and insight for our daily lives. But those things only scratch the surface of the spiritual depth of God’s Word.
The deeper we go, the more God’s blessings will cover us. Here are a few more benefits in which to delight:
- Preparation for the future – God uses His Word to foster spiritual endurance and fill His children with hope and encouragement. Even if the days ahead are filled with trouble, pain, and persecution we can be victorious every step of the way because God has prepared us through Scripture. For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4).
- Strength to resist temptation – Jesus Himself used God’s Word to stave off Satan’s attacks. Scripture will protect us from sin by arming us with the truth and strengthening our longing to please and obey God. With God’s Word in our hearts – not just in our minds – we can stand firm. The law of his God is in his heart; his feet will not slip (Psalm 37:31).
- Spiritual growth – God wants to grow us to be like Jesus. Ingesting Scripture fuels our spiritual growth. God actively uses His Word in our lives to shape our character, change our desires, and mold our motivations to the image of Christ. This spiritual growth fosters a more intimate fellowship with Christ through a deeper knowledge of Him. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2:2-3).
- Spiritual vitality – Those who live a life rooted in Scripture will thrive. God will bless us when we delight in and are devoted to His Word. Our relationship with Him will be strong and produce eternal results. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers (Psalm 1:3).
When we ingest God’s Word, we will taste the sweetness of the Author of Life. When we go beyond a superficial reading of the Bible and mediate on its truths, we will experience the Person of the Holy Spirit. We will interact with our Creator. That is the point when God will move our hearts and meet the deepest needs of our souls.
Have you experienced any of these spiritual benefits? How do you plumb the depths of God’s Word.
Want to create a hunger for God’s Word? Read “3 Steps to Create a Hunger for the Bible”
Not sure what the role the Bible should play in your life? Read “4 Vital Truths the Bible Teaches about Itself.”