The Benefits and Blessings of Reading Scripturescripture/
So what’s supposed to happen if we read the Bible every day? What can
we really expect?
I can say with all honesty that everything will change—but it may not
be the way that you’d think. Change will happen from the inside out,
not the outside in. If you’re looking for a genie in a bottle, you
will be disappointed. The Bible isn’t a magic book of ancient wisdom;
it’s a book about life and about God’s love for you.
In John 15 Jesus uses the metaphor that he is the vine and we are the
branches. He breaks it down in simple terms by telling us that life is
not going to work apart from him. If we remain in him, he will remain
in us, and that connection will bring life. There is no possibility of
true life outside of this connection, for without him we can do
A branch gets its nourishment from the vine or trunk. Our spiritual
nourishment comes from Scripture, which provides the context for a
dynamic relationship with God. This isn’t just religious jargon thrown
in for encouragement. Our relationship with God is informed by
Scripture, and according to Jesus this relationship is what gives us
We are all seeking life. It’s built into our DNA. Every commercial
offers it and every romance novel, every magazine article, and every
toy we buy promises to give it to us. Sometimes we settle for
counterfeits such as materialism, an addiction, or any other
obsession; but in the end, everything fails to give us what we want.
The entire book of Ecclesiastes is a study on the meaninglessness of
life without God, written from the perspective of a man who had seen
and done it all. King Solomon had over a thousand of the world’s most
beautiful women waiting for his call. He had riches and honor that
brought dignitaries from far and wide just to observe it; his wisdom
and cunning were feared and revered. From an earthly perspective, his
exploits are still referred to thousands of years later. Yet, in the
end, he found it to be meaningless. All of his pleasures and pursuits
did not bring life. What Solomon sought—and what we all seek—is
authentic life. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill
and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the
full” (John 10:10). Full and abundant life, Jesus says, is the very
reason he came. This life cannot be found in earthly pursuits alone.
King Solomon, the wisest man ever known, demonstrates this. Jesus, God in flesh, demonstrates this.
When we expect external things to bring us peace and happiness, we
live our lives backward— outside in rather than inside out. Living
from the inside out correctly orients us to the vine, the life force
of God within us. From this place of connectedness we experience the
abundance we crave. And when we have an insatiable desire for more of God, we are truly living an authentic life.