Why Read the Bible? #6

You will have more joy

If this doesn’t motivate us nothing will! Joy is what we all want, right? The end goal of everything we do is joy, isn’t it? It may not be the immediate goal of all that we do, but it surely must be the ultimate goal. Let me explain… the immediate goal of going to work each day is probably not joy, but survival (‘I need to work to earn money’), but peel away the layers of motivation and you’ll eventually get to joy (‘I go to work to earn money so I have the means to create a life for myself that enables me to do and have the things that I enjoy or find-joy in’).

We all pursue joy, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that. In fact, there is something very right about that; it’s what we were made for. The problems begin, however, when our joy and fulfilment terminate on the wrong things; money, sex, success, fame, gadgets, holidays. These are all good gifts of grace that God wants us to enjoy (see 1 Timothy 6:17), but in and of themselves,  the best they can ever give is a cheap, shallow, temporary joy. God’s word, on the other hand, gives joy to the heart; a joy that goes deeper than just the surface and longer than just a few moments.

You want more joy in your heart (of course you do)? Read the bible!

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.

Psalm 19:8

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