Earlier this year I decided to take a book break. I know that “readers are leaders” and that the more I read the more wisdom I obtain, but I honestly needed a break so I could really focus on one book. This was a very difficult thing for me to do because since I was 18 I have read hundreds of books. I love books and I love to read them all the way through. Whether they are well written or terribly transcribed, there is hardly a book I do not finish.
The book I’m still reading is the Bible. In times past I have always supplemented my personal Bible reading with devotionals, books, commentaries and the like, but several months ago I was getting readers fatigue. I read a lot of different kinds of books, but I was getting tired of reading different authors and different books that were saying a lot of the same things.
That led me to put my book list on hold and really focus on reading the Bible. This year I happened to choose to read it chronologically. Now whether you read the Bible on a regular basis or not I’m not writing this post to persuade you to put down the page turner on your nightstand right at this moment, yet I wanted to give you some reasons why it might be good idea to get reacquainted with pages of the world’s bestseller.
1. The Bible is the best way to hear God’s voice. We all have our favorite authors that really inspire us, who we can really relate to, and I don’t doubt for a second that God uses these men and women to speak into our lives. However, I think sometimes we overlook the fact that every time we open God’s word, we give God the opportunity to speak to us and hear His voice. Just his voice and nothing else. Not what God said to someone else, but what He’s saying to you today and what He’s promising you tomorrow.
Sometimes we are asking God to speak to us, but we can’t hear God’s voice over the noise of the novel in our hand or the New York Times Bestseller that gives us the formula that guarantees our success.
I love this promise in the Bible because it guarantees that every word matters that comes from Him!
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
2. The Bible is the best way to know God’s will. When I think about all the books that have been written on discovering your destiny, finding your purpose or understanding God’s will for your life, I realize that the Bible is the best book to base life’s biggest decisions on. God’s will is found in the pages of promises and principles God’s given from Genesis to Revelation. The more I read God’s Word the more I recognize God’s will for my life.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. – Romans 12:2
3. The Bible is the best way to know God’s ways. Books are filled with formulas, steps, and how to’s that are helpful to us, yet many times they are all about helping just us. If I can get my “self” together, then I can help others. The Bible however tells a much different story of a backwards Kingdom. It’s the story where we lose our life in order to find it, it’s the place where we give in order to receive, a Kingdom where the lower you get the higher you go. His ways apply to everyday life when applied.
“My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:8-9
Today and everyday let the Bible be your book of choice. If you can only read one book, read to understand the bestselling book of all time! The question I have for you is not what book are you reading, but what do you need to stop reading to allow God’s word to speak to you concerning His will and His ways for your life?