How much time do you devote to reading your Bible, teenager? Do you find it difficult to make time? If you got an invitation from a friend to go to Disney World, you would probably do anything it takes to be able to go, right? You’d get your chores done, you’d even do extra chores just so your parents would let you go. :) But do you feel the same way about reading your Bible?
Teenagers are not the only ones that struggle with this problem – all Christians do. But the sign of maturity lies with what the person does with this problem. The amount of time you dedicate to reading God’s Word is the very foundation of your Christian walk, teenager! It’s as important as eating! If you skipped a meal or two, you would be starving to death, wouldn’t you? It’s the same with the spiritual part of your body when you are a true born-again Christian. If you don’t read God’s Word faithfully, your spiritual life will starve. You will always have difficulties with your parents, your siblings, your friends, school, and life in general. Without God’s Word in your heart, you won’t know how to deal with these difficulties!
~Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Reading the Bible will keep you from sin!
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Reading the Bible builds you up – it builds your faith.
Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Reading the Bible instructs you and teaches you what God expects from you. Proverbs has 25 verses that talk about instruction and its importance. There’s a reason why there are so many verses, actually. Some people don’t want to be taught. They don’t want to know what God’s Word says because that means they will have to obey His Word. But disobedience brings heartache and drama in a person’s life. Continuous disobedience stems from childhood. A young lady who has not been disciplined and taught properly will continue to disobey when she is older. As a result, she will have so much drama in her life, she will be miserable!
It is foolish not to want God’s blessings! In fact, Proverbs calls these people fools! I realize these are a lot of verses to read but they are needful for someone who struggles with reading her Bible.
~Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
~Proverbs 1:8-9 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
~Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
~Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life.
~Proverbs 5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
~Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:
~Proverbs 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
~Proverbs 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
~Proverbs 9:9 Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning.
~Proverbs 10:17 He [is in] the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
~Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.
~Proverbs 13:1 A wise son [heareth] his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
~Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
~Proverbs 15:5A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
~Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
~Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.
~Proverbs 16:22 Understanding [is] a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools [is] folly.
~Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
The devil does NOT want you to read it because he knows that you will become more Christ-like if you do. That’s the last thing that he wants. He’ll provide distractions so that you won’t have time to read your Bible. The devil will put friends in your life that will want you to go here and there with you. Or he will put something on TV that you will want to watch more than read your Bible. The devil is not stupid! He’s very clever and knows your weaknesses better than you do. He will do anything to keep you from reading your Bible because he knows that this is where the power of God lies. The devil wants you to stay away from your Bible so that you will continue in sin. God’s Word teaches us, convicts us of sin, and shows us how to live Godly lives:
~Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Teenager, if you are having troubles and you feel as though your life is coming apart, check your life and your priorities. Setting spiritual priorities is the key to becoming a mature adult. I don’t know one teenager yet that doesn’t want to be treated like an adult and I’m sure you feel the same way :) So if you do not have a specific time set aside to read your Bible, start today! :) Make a commitment to yourself … share that commitment with your parents … share it with your best friend :) Challenge your best friend to read as well and set goals for the two of you. Those who love you will desire this right along with you :)
The best reading plan I’ve ever found was here: Best Reading Plan EVER! As you read, you will discover answers to your everyday problems. God’s Word plants seeds in your heart and as you go through life’s difficulties, you will stop to think about a particular verse that you read which applies to that very difficulty. The Word will encourage you when you’re down and will keep you from sin! :)