“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
– Joshua 1:8 NKJV
“Read your Bible, pray every day…if you want to grow” is a popular Sunday School song majority of us sang while growing up, which still holds great relevance today. The song answers the question of when you should study the Bible. The simple answer is every day.
Although “thou shalt study your bible daily” is not one of the ten commandments recorded in the Bible, the Bible is replete with passages instructing us to study God’s word constantly.
In Psalm 1: 1-3, the Bible calls the man who delights in God’s word and studies it day and night a blessed man. Also, in our anchor scripture, God instructed Joshua to meditate on the word day and night. The ‘day and night’ in the two scriptures paint an image of how often one must study the word – all the time!
The study of God’s word is not something we only do when we feel like it. It is the most healthy habit a believer can and should cultivate. We must teach ourselves to love the word of God. Studying the word is a true mark of honour for God. We need to be consistent in our study of the word, as that’s how we get to know our Father. If we don’t know Him, how will we make Him known?
The early church saw the word of God as something worth learning every day, and we should have the same mindset towards the word. The book of Acts of the Apostles recorded that “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine…” (Acts 2:42).
You must see the word of God as a daily necessity. The scripture presents the necessary study of the word as similar to food. Mathew 4:4 states that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. We see this again in Job 23:12: “…I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.”
As a believer, you must create structures that ensure you feed on God’s word daily. A practical way to do this is by drawing up a Bible reading plan and setting alarms for Bible study. If you don’t have any, please take advantage of the Triumph 30 Bible reading plan and the Triumph 30 prayer times.
Remember that you are not studying your Bible consistently because of the blessings waiting at the other end, but to know Him more and become more intimate with Him.
Bible Reading Plan: Psalms 86,122