“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
Just as God’s inspired word was given for a purpose–to instruct–it must be read with a purpose–to be instructed. Through his word we find ourselves in the presence of God, drawn to his fellowship, rooted in his call, and growing in the likeness of his Son. It is a work accomplished not in a “one-and-done” approach to bible reading, but a persevering desire that longs to master the material. To know his word is to know the One who spoke it into being.