“I deeply love your law! I think about it all day” (Psalm 119:97).
When Mary Horomanski from Erie. Pennsylvania, recently opened her electric bill, her husband and son noticed she had a funny look on her face. Why? The electric bill displayed a balance of more than $284 billion! Mary said her heart started beating, she broke out in a sweat, and was asking herself, What on earth just happened? After contacting the electric company Mary discovered her actual bill was for $284.
That’s a story about an alarming discovery.
But I want to show you another discovery, actually an amazing one. It’s a discovery you will experience when you make the most important New Year resolution of all—making a commitment to study the Bible this year. Here’s why.
Bible Study Makes You Wise
Verse 98 of Psalm 119 states, “Your laws (God’s Word, the Bible) make me . . . wiser.” The idea is that personal Bible study helps you become a wiser, more skillful, more prudent person, one who is wise in practical matters.
How is this possible? Because God has promised to do this. Hence, Psalm 32:8: “I will make you wise and show you where to go. I will guide you and watch over you.” When Bible verses are in your heart and mind your life goes in positive, helpful directions. You make better choices.
Bible Study Gives You Understanding
Verse 99 of Psalm 119 continue this theme: “Thinking about your teachings gives me better understanding.” When you gain “understanding” from your Bible reading you will gain insights that help you become the person God wants you to be. You will order your life in better directions.You will know God will for you.
Bible Study Prevents You from Getting Into Trouble
Yes, it really will! Verse 101 of Psalm 119 says, “I obey your word instead of following a way that leads to trouble.” How many times have you landed in hot water, or made a bad decision, or found yourself in trouble because of a faulty decision you made? This verse make a terrific promise to you: If you will study the Bible, trouble will not be your constant companion.
Bible Study Allows God to Teach You
Verse 102 states, “You have been my teacher, and I won’t reject your instructions.” I’ve had some great teachers in my lifetime: Mrs. Waite, Mr. Foshee, Dr. Fasol, and more. But I’m thinking no earthly teacher can stack up with the teaching that comes from the Heavenly Father. Multiple times Psalm 119 makes the statement, “Teach me.” We never outgrow our need to be taught great truths and needed lessons, and God is the best teacher you’ll ever have.,
Bible Study Is Enjoyable
Verses 103 of Psalm 119 makes an incredible statement: “Your teachings are sweeter than honey.” The writer of that verse is showing us that “being in the Word,” actually is an enjoyable experience. When you do personal Bible study you learn God’s ways, His plans for your life, His promises, and more. At the end of each day’s time of Bible reading you will say, “God spoke to me.” Now, that’s exciting!
I know what you are thinking. You are telling yourself you don’t have enough time, or you don’t know enough about the Bible, or Bible study will be boring. Battle these pressures! Buy yourself a Bible in a modern translation that reads like you talk. Carve out just 10 to 15 minutes each day to read the Bible. Start with one of the Gospels in the New Testament. In fact the Gospel of Mark is a quick read.
Your time of Bible reading won’t be boring. If you like mystery, adventure, romance, history, biography, drama, poetry, and war stories, you’ll find all of that and much more in the Bible. Purchase a Bible dictionary that will help you know the people, places, and events of the Bible.
So, make the New Year resolution/commitment to do personal Bible study in 2018. This resolution is guaranteed to bring hope to your life.