Acts 24-28: Why Do You Read the Bible?

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalms 1:1-2, KJV


Some years back, I honestly don't recall how many, I began to start my day by praying to God for help in my day and then reading a chapter from the Book of Psalms. After a while, I would try to always have a brief prayer before I even took a step out of bed, and then to read a chapter from the Psalms before taking even one bite of breakfast. I did this because I wanted to make sure that my priorities were right for the day. This practice has made all the difference in the quality of my life.


This practice has led down through the years to reading programs like the 30 Day Challenge, a schedule of reading through the New Testament in 30 days. It began small, with the local congregation that I have been privileged to preach at for the past 25 years, but it has grown to the point where hundreds of congregations have used it, with approximately 100,000 challenges sent to these churches and other individuals.


This has led to a number of other Bible reading schedules, the latest being this series you have been reading in these recent articles where the goal is to read one chapter from the New Testament each day. The thought behind this challenge is that by reading a chapter from the New Testament in the morning, and then thinking about it as you go through the day, it will give us a greater insight into what God has for us and wants us to do.


I don't know about you, but these various Bible reading strategies have made a tremendous impact upon my life and the lives of those around me. It's not because of the strategy, mind you, it is because of the power of the Word of God! And the Word of God has changed my life. This is why I read the Word, more and more, every day. How about you?


The readings for the next few days are from the final five chapters of the Book of Acts. As with the rest of Scripture, these chapters have the ability to impact your life in ways you have never imagined. The Word of God can truly change your life in every good way, if you will only let it.