Article by Ken Webb
As Christians, we are called to take care of our physical, emotional, and mental health. While there are numerous strategies for self-care, one powerful and often overlooked option is daily reading of the Bible. We may all agree that it is important, but sometimes it gets pushed to the side when life is busy.
The Bible is a unique text that has stood the test of time. Its teachings have guided and comforted people for thousands of years, and it continues to be a source of wisdom, inspiration, and salvation today. But beyond its spiritual significance, daily reading of the Bible can be a form of self-care that nourishes our mind, body, and soul as followers of Christ.
First and foremost, reading the Bible can be a source of comfort and hope for us as Christians. In times of stress or uncertainty, the words of the Bible can provide a sense of peace and reassurance. The famous Psalm 23, for example, reminds us that even in the darkest of times, we need not fear, for God is with us. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
Moreover, reading the Bible can be a way to deepen our spiritual connection with God. It can help us grow in our faith and feel a sense of fulfillment that comes from being in a relationship with our Creator. By engaging with the teachings of the Bible, we can feel a sense of connection to something greater than ourselves, which can be deeply meaningful. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” – Psalm 1:2
In addition, daily reading of the Bible can help us cultivate gratitude in our lives as Christians. The Bible is full of passages that encourage us to be thankful for what we have and to focus on the positive aspects of our lives. By taking the time to read and reflect on these passages, we can develop a more positive outlook on life, which can have a profound impact on our mental and emotional well-being. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Finally, daily reading of the Bible can be a way to establish a sense of routine and structure in our lives as Christians. Many people find that having a daily practice, such as reading the Bible, helps them stay focused and motivated throughout the day. By making time for this practice each day, we can create a sense of consistency and stability that can help us navigate the ups and downs of our daily lives. “But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.” – Psalm 59:16
As Christians, daily reading of the Bible can be a powerful form of self-care that has both spiritual and practical benefits. Whether we are seeking comfort and reassurance, looking to deepen our spiritual connection, or simply hoping to improve our knowledge and understanding of God’s Word, reading the Bible on a daily basis can be a valuable tool for self-care. So, let us make it a priority to spend time in God’s Word each day, and allow it to nourish our minds, body and souls.