Christians, do you read the Bible with your families every day? Do you read it in your closet every day? Do you read it not to quiet your conscience as a work of penance; but do you read it as a pleasure to be sought after? If you do, I need not tell you what utility, pleasure, and happiness is in the blessed employment.
But if you do not, you may rest assured there is something greatly wrong, which, if it is not abandoned, subdued, or vanquished soon, will cause you sorrows, if not agonies, when you will be less able to conﬂict with them than at present. Resolve this moment, I pray you, that you will begin today to read the Bible, to enjoy God and Christ, and the hope of immortality.
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee, bind them about thy neck, write them upon the table of thine heart; so shalt thou ﬁnd favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” Then will you say with Solomon, “Happy is the man that ﬁndeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding: for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than ﬁne gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared with her. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left-hand riches and honor: her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” As the song goes, “Begin today: ‘tis madness to defer.” Do not delay!
The religious world — I mean the great majority of all professors, are Bible neglecters. Their ignorance, prejudice, and error show it. It is amazing the number of highly intelligent individuals whose paths you will cross that have woefully inadequate Bible knowledge. I beseech you daily, habitually, constantly, prayerfully read the Bible in its proper connections, and you will grow (2 Peter 3:18). The Lord will bless you, in this deed (James 1:22-25). If you give yourself to daily readings and ponderings of God’s Word, you will prove it true!
Adapted from Alexander Campbell