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How important is it to study the Bible? All who believe in the Bible know that we should study, but are we as diligent in Bible study as we should be?
Consider God’s command to Joshua: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayst observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” – Joshua 1:8. Meditating on God’s word was important for Joshua and it is important for us.
Why did Joshua need to study God’s word? That he might observe to do what was written in the book and have good success, prospering in the work God gave him. His work was to lead the nation of Israel into the promised land of Canaan. God has also given us a promised land of eternal life [Hebrews 4].
In order to enter Canaan Joshua had to observe to do God’s word and that meant he had to study so he could know what to do. In the same way Hebrews 5:9 says that today Jesus is the “author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him.” We too must observe to do God’s will in order to be saved, that means we must study in order to know what to do.
How diligent should we be in study? God told Joshua that, in order to have success, he should meditate on God’s word “day and night.” Acts 17:11 shows that the noble Bereans also searched the Scriptures daily. Study God’s word should be a regular, daily part of our lives.
How diligent are you in the study of Scripture?
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