Be Like Them

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character … for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” — Acts 17:11, NIV

The Bereans met daily to study and compare Scripture to the apostle Paul’s teaching.

They never took what he taught for granted, nor accepted it blindly. They deliberated, researched, discussed, and prayed. And Paul was not in the least offended or put off by their diligence and vigilance. Instead, he commended them and called them “noble.”

God’s Word can stand the challenges of skeptics, or the doubts of believers. The Bible holds the secrets to life. It tells about the best friend the human race has ever known. It is the guide to human conduct, and answers questions like, what will happen in the future? Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose?

We try to be intelligent about everything else in our world. We read books, study news and current events, and keep up with the latest technology. We surf the Internet, listen to the radio, and know the names of sports figures and movie stars and the latest medical and health breakthroughs.

Yet many of us—even believers—are not familiar with most of the Bible!

We will reap the blessings of reading the Bible daily, making our reading personal, asking the Lord to speak through His Word.

If you open your heart, ask His Spirit to teach you, and do like the Bereans—study daily—I can promise, you will experience God!

Ray Bentley