After God opened my eyes to see my need for Christ, all of that began to change. My first year as a Christian, I read the Bible everyday and oftentimes I would get away for whole afternoons to be by myself, just so I could read it. It was a very strange change in behavior.
After that first year, however, when I was at a Christian school, the Bible became to me a very academic book. I had heard from other Christians that it was important to read the Bible regularly and I began to take a very legalistic approach to reading the Bible. I very much viewed as not something I desired, but a box that needed to be checked. So whenever I needed to read the Bible for homework, I considered that to be the fulfillment of my duties and the Bible became more like a textbook, than the sweet comfort it was to me my first year as a Christian.
Graciously, the Bible gives us many reasons as to why it should be cherished and remembering these things can re-ignite a Christian’s passion to hold God’s Word as precious in their hearts.
#1 It reveals the one true God
“In the beginning, God…” – Genesis 1:1a
The Scriptures are first and foremost about God: who He is, what He desires, how He accomplishes His purposes, etc., and they should be approached with this purpose in mind. Instead of asking “How can the Bible help give me what I want?” the first question we should ask of the Scriptures is, “Who are you God?” The Bible should be cherished because in its completeness, God has given to us a full revelation of who He is.
The person who longs to know, love and follow God will cherish the Scriptures because of this wonderful truth.
#2 It comes from God himself
Theologians refer to this concept as the doctrine of inspiration, meaning even though the person who literally used a pen to write the words on the original papers were men, the Bible says about itself that those men were completely and totally guided by God Himself to write down the exact words that He wanted recorded.
2 Peter 1:21 says, “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
The famous verse of 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God…”
As Christians we should cherish the Bible because the Bible gives us this picture that when we sit down to read it, the words on the page are literally coming from the mouth of God to us. There are a lot of people saying a lot of things about God, but what God has to say about Himself comes from and is found in His Word.
#3 It unveils God’s plan of redemption
I believe the second greatest question in all the world (after the question of “Who is God?”) is “How does the holy God of all creation intend to reconcile Himself to hard-hearted, rebellious people like us?” In other words, “How will God save sinners?”
The gravity of this question should not be lost on us as Christians because if we do not find this question to be relevant or interesting to our hearts, then it will be difficult to see how precious the Scriptures really are.
And as we see, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is God’s answer to this marvelous question.
1 Timothy 2:5 says, “…there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all…”
Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Christ is the answer to this great question of creation. In Him, the love of the one true God is on full display as the insufferable consequence of sin, which is the very wrath of God, is satisfied.
#4 It unfolds itself ot the humble
This is a comforting truth that we find in the Bible. Jesus said, ”I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children…” (Matthew 11:25)
God has hidden the truths of Christ saving grace and coming judgment from the wise, but a little child, full of humility and wonder and awe, receives revelations of what truly matters in doses that many adults will never understand. And we cherish the Bible for this. Wisdom and revelation and understanding are here for us. We simply must humble ourselves to receive it.
#5 It tells us how the story ends
When I was in junior high, I got into the habit of turning to the last pages of a fiction book whenever the story looked bleak and dim for the characters because I wanted to make sure that, in the end, everything was going to be ok.
Aren’t we as Christians so grateful to God that He has not left us to wonder how the story ends? Revelation 21 promises us that He makes “all things new” and “to the thirsty [He] will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” In the end, “[God] will dwell with [man], and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God” (v. 3).
There are many other reasons as to why the Word of God is precious, but remembering and reflecting on these five will, by God’s grace and help, help stir a cherishing in our hearts that will lead us to wanting to have it fill our minds and hearts.