What Do the Scriptures Say?

When faced with difficult questions regarding their faith, some Christians, who do not have a solid foundation in God’s Word, cannot answer definitively, and they begin to inquire into the truth of their beliefs. Satan loves to tempt people away from the Bible for this very reason. Yet other causes for this absence of Biblical knowledge come from a lack understanding the importance of God’s Word. Also, the necessary tasks of this world can tempt the fatigued Christian’s focus away from reading the Bible. With so many distractions away from Scripture, Christians can easily fall prey to the devil’s snares, as well as hiding under their misconceptions of the Bible’s importance, and allowing their busy lives to squeeze out any moment for reading God’s Word.

Satan’s persistent work against the Christian underlies all other temptations or distractions guiding away from the Bible. 1Peter 5:8 clearly states the truth of Satan’s desires and habits, warning Christians to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”(NKJV). By removing Scripture, Satan eliminates the Christian’s weapon of defense: “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17b).  During Jesus’ temptation on earth, He refutes Satan directly from Scripture instead of arguing His point or withstanding the temptation on His own strength. Each time Satan sought to ensnare Him, Christ answered, “It is written . . .” (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). In so doing, Jesus provided a model to Christians, displaying how they should withstand the temptations of the devil: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Often some Christians sporadically read Scripture due to their failure to understand the seriousness of the Bible’s importance. These Christians, perhaps, do not know the true essence of the Bible’s existence. However, God does not leave His people guessing; 2 Timothy 3:16a records, “All Scripture is breathed out by God” (ESV). What appears as a mere book to the callous observer has a high value to those who truly understand its beauty, its worth, and its God-given words. But God adds to this when 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says,  “All Scripture  . . . is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (NKJV). Therefore, Christians who struggle understanding the Bible should not cease searching through the pages of Scripture, for it does profit the man of God.

Busy lives frequently act as another barrier between reading Scripture. Often people cannot avoid their hectic schedules: their family must eat, they must pay the bills, do their homework, take care of their responsibilities, and do so many other things that consume the daylight hours. In fact, these tasks should not come as a surprise: Genesis 3:18-19 says, “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.” While working diligently follows God’s command to subdue the earth and multiply, the Christian should never lose sight of the ultimately important: a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Lacking a sure, foundational knowledge of Scripture causes many detrimental effects to the Believer. Certain Christians, who slip in this manner, often cannot provide a good defense for their faith. Similarly, if Christians do not know God through His Word, they cannot share Him with others. When hostility arises in their own lives, as the parable of Matthew 13 warns, Christians have no depth of root in God and knowledge of His Word to withstand temptation. Consequentially, the personal walk of the Believer not reading the Bible experiences stunted growth.  Therefore Christian, do not allow the devil’s temptations, a lack of understanding the Bible, or the cares of this world direct you away from God’s Holy Word.

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