Day 30 on the #3030challenge! There were some days I felt like throwing in the towel. At times I wondered if this challenge was really getting me anywhere. I mean I still feel pain. I still have unanswered prayers. I have good days and bad. But what have I gained since April 1, 2016?
What good did studying the Bible regularly do me?
It increased my Biblical knowledge. When I open my mouth to speak about my faith, I feel like I’m less likely to make a fool of myself in front of people. That’s always a good thing, right?
In my daily life when situations come up, I have relevant Scripture on my mind to keep me from acting stupid. For example, when I’m tempted to engage in pettiness, I remember things like:
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. (Proverbs 14:1)
Satan is very convincing, he’s good at persuading us to make a snide comment here or intentionally neglect something there- but he can’t do much coercing when the Word gets in his way.
And God’s arguments are indisputable.
What else? Oh, yeah! I have an amazing Church family to help me carry on in faith. I know you’re thinking, “You decided to go to Church. How did reading the Bible help?”
Because I didn’t go look for a Church. A Church came to me. I read the Bible. Wanted more. Prayed for more. Then a Church that fits me like a velvet glove came to my front door. And they weren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses (no offense to J.Ws!).
I couldn’t have went out and found a better church myself.
Also the challenge gave me a passion for reading the Bible. I read it before as a mandatory task. My Christian duty. Now, I actually enjoy diving into the Word. I love reading something and getting “Aha!” moments. It’s working for me.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)
There is wisdom in the pages of a Bible and routine study of God’s word WILL result in spiritual growth.