“The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 For learning what wisdom and discipline are; for understanding insightful sayings; 3 for receiving wise instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity; 4 for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man — 5 a wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance — 6 for understanding a proverb or a parable, the words of the wise, and their riddles. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:1-7 HCSB.
We preachers have always encouraged our listeners to read and study God’s Word, AND most likely each of us has provided many, many reasons as to ‘the why’ of doing so. Of course, the very best reason(s) is found within the pages of Holy Writ. I suppose the very best reason is found in 2 Timothy 3:13-17, “Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
However, I also like what Solomon writes in verse 7 of the first Proverb, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Look around and anyone can immediately see the fools in our world, their foolishness, and their undisciplined lifestyles. This does not mean you and I miss out on our own craziness occasionally, but this is not our way of life because Jesus is our Supreme Guide in all that we do for He tells us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:6-7.
The purposes God has given for us to read and study are bountiful and are His way of communicating with us; apart from prayer. We must not neglect His Word, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works—this person will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25. Of course, there are many verses you and I can use to focus on the importance of reading, studying, and applying His written text.
Jesus is Lord.