In our continuing series on “Joy In Christ,” the subject we will now consider is a love of the scriptures. The child of God takes joy in God’s book. Psalm 119:103 says, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.”
As Christians, we have several reasons to rejoice in the law of God, the word of God:
- First, it gives us comfort in time of trouble (Romans 15:4-5). When we look back into the Old Testament and see how men and women faced hard circumstances and yet prevailed because of their trust in God, it gives us comfort.
- Second, it keeps us from sinning (Psalms 119:11). The word of God both defines sin and lists several sins of which I am to repent.
- Third, it can strengthen and build us up as His children (Acts 20:32). The Bible makes us better and stronger. We are better Christians, fathers, mothers, children, citizens and neighbors when we follow God’s precepts.
- Fourth, it furnishes the Christian with everything that we need (2 Peter 1:3). One can find the answers to life’s deepest problems in the Bible. It has all I need to grow and develop in the best way possible.
Someone who is a Christian and does not love God’s word is doing a serious disservice to themselves. The Bible has so many benefits for us. Upon every reading of the Bible, greater wisdom is gained and one is drawn closer to the Lord.