read the bible

Although it is impossible to obtain exact figures the Bible is still listed as the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book.

Combined global sales of the bible have exceeded 17.75 million copies and the whole Bible had been translated into 349 languages; 2,123 languages have at least one section of the Bible in that language. Add to that is the thought that the bible actually emphatically declares that “God is speaking through the words found in its pages.”

I believe, along with millions of others, that the Bible is literally “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, it is God’s very words to us. There are so many questions that philosophers have asked that God answers for us in the bible such as:

What is the purpose to life? Where did I come from? Is there life after death? How do I get to heaven? Why is the world full of evil? Why do I struggle to be and do good? In addition to these “big” questions, the Bible gives practical advice on topics such as: What do I look for in a spouse? How can I have a successful marriage? How can I be a good friend? How can I be a better parent? What is success and how do I achieve it? How can I change? What really matters in life? How do I live without regrets? How can I handle circumstances and difficult events of life victoriously?How can I be free from anxiety and fear? 

Considering the amount of self help books, courses, classes, counsellors, and wellness centres being advertised and promoted to help us all live fulfilled, happy, successful and purposeful lives, wouldn’t it make sense that we simply pick up this book, or even download it on our phone or computer since the bible addresses many of the questions we ask about our life? In addition when reading the bible we get to discover and learn from Jesus who is historically known as the greatest leader and teacher the world has ever known.

It’s been said that reading and thinking about what the bible says can be compared to mining for gold. If we make little effort and merely “sift through the pebbles in a stream we will only find a little gold dust. But the more we make an effort to really dig into it, the more reward we will gain for our effort.”

Today why not read this book, known as the book of books and check it out with fresh eyes. Don’t be surprised to hear God speaking to you; to find answers to your questions, and guidance for the future. But be warned this book is a book which contains such truth that when applied to your life will radically change you forever!

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)

If you have never read the bible before or would like to make it more readily available in your everyday life try this bible app. Choose a version that’s easy to read such as the NIV, NLT or The Passion translation (TLT) to begin with and start reading today. A great place to start is learning all about Jesus and what He taught and did for us. The book of John is my favourite in the New Testament. Check it out today:  https://www.bible.com/app

Prayer: Lord thank you for your Word which helps me to know you and to hear your voice speaking to me more clearly. Would you please guide, teach and help me to understand your words as I take the time to read them everyday.  In Jesus Name. Amen.