Relevant magazing published an article that states that The Bible Tops the List of the Most Read Books in the World. This articles also stated that there have been nearly 4 billion copies printed and sold globally in the last five decades. So to say that the Bible has made a significant impact in the world might be an understatement.
But even knowing how important or at least that there is some innate importance associated with the Bible, many people don’t read it. There’s probably untold numbers of Bibles just sitting on someone’s shelf as a decoration. And I think it might be because of the way people perceive the Bible.
Some people might perceive it as a spiritual artifact that is only meant to be read and understood by a select few chosen holy men. They’ve actually tried reading and found that they couldn’t understand it because of all the old language in it. And so they give up and the book goes back on the shelf.
So my first step of advice would be to get a current translation of the Bible. Some translations I recommend are ESV, NIV, and NASB. Or just download the Youversion app and choose one of the many translations available there.
Once you do that, here are my thoughts on
4 Ways to Utilize The Bible
As a revelation of God.
God wants you to know him. All throughout scripture we see him revealing himself. When there was not separation due to sin,He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He revealed himself to Moses in the burning bush. Jesus himself came to us as a human. He revealed himself to Paul and called him to stop persecuting the church and start falling Him. And now he has given us the Bible with thousands of years of information compiled into one book so that we could have a written revelation fo Him.
As a brief history of God’s redemptive work.
As humans, we want all the details. We want to know the exact date and time of every occurrence. But the Bible doesn’t give us that. Rather than a complete biography, we have a survey, a brief historical account of God. I know there are people who would probably want a more in-depth detailed account, but is it possible that if God wold have chosen to put it all in writing there would just be too much? John stated it this way in John 21:25, “Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.”
And this is just the life of Jesus that John is talking about. Can you imagine if every detail from the creation to the cross would have been documented? I like to read a lot, but I believe that would have been way too much information for anyone to process. I believe that in God’s sovereignty He put exactly what we needed in the Bible so that we could see His Redemptive work and receive it by faith.
As a book that you read and reread because there’s always more to learn.
I like to read. But there are very few books that I read more than one time. For the most part, I read a book and then it sits on a shelf until I need to quote or reread something in it. The Bible, however, is a book that the more I read it the more I get out of it. I can read a chapter, make note, and then come back to a few months or a year later and find that there more to then I found the last time. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that “the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
This has been my experience. The Bible isn’t a book you only read once and put down. You have to keep coming back because there’s always more there.
As your go-to place for guidance.
Where do you go for advice? Are there certain people you reach out to? These are not bad things because I believe that God has placed certain people in our lives to walk with us and coach, mentor, or advise us through difficult or confusing times. But as Christians, one of our main go to places should be the Bible. The bible is jam-packed with wisdom for us.