I trust that you have been doing well since my last letter. Today, I am writing this letter from the law library at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. By the way, I just had a long and interesting conversation with a young black man who is a law student here.
In this letter, I want to expand on something that I barely touched on in a previous letter: i.e., the importance of the Bible in your life. Frankly, if you desire to be truly successful in life, you will need to read, meditate upon, and obey the Bible. In doing so, God promises good success. Notice what God says in Joshua 1:8:
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Do you want genuine, lasting success? If you do, you will have to make God’s Word a vital part of your daily life. Your doing so, will guarantee success.
How should you read the Bible? Well, read it as often as God leads you to. And here are some additional, well-tested suggestions:
1. Pray, Then Read. Praying and reading the Bible go hand in hand. A good practice is to pray and ask God to open your spiritual eyes before you read so that He can help you understand what you are reading. For you see, the Bible is a spiritual book, and it will take the Holy Spirit of God to teach it to you.
2. Read And Retain so that you can meditate upon what you read. To meditate means to think upon, and you cannot think upon something that you can’t remember. Please don’t be like the man who looked in the mirror and one second after looking in the mirror, forgot how he looked.
3. Read And Obey. You and I will never be perfect this side of Heaven. But God wants us to strive to obey His Word. And, of course, this is for our own good. Don’t just be a hearer of God’s Word, but a doer as well.
If, perhaps, you are just starting out in reading the Bible, may I suggest reading a chapter in the New Testament in the morning before leaving home and then reading a chapter in the Old Testament before going to sleep at night. It is good to have the Bible on your subconscious mind throughout the night. Later, as you grow, you may want to increase that to two chapters in the morning and two at night.
There are many benefits of reading and meditating upon the Bible. Here are just a few:
1. It will make you wise.
2. It will give you direction in life.
3. It will strengthen, fortify and stabilize you.
4. It will help you to help others.
5. It will make you genuinely successful.
As I wrap up this letter, let me leave you with what some successful people have said about the Bible and its greatness over the decades:
I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book. – Abraham Lincoln
It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. – George Washington
The Bible is no mere book, but a living creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it. – Napoleon
The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell
Christ is the grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgement, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents. – The Gideons
Read, study and love your Bible. It is the road map to true success.
With the Bible in my hand,
Daniel Whyte III
“The Bible humbles or hardens the human heart. We have to do something about its message, for we cannot leave it alone. We may think we have done nothing about it, but it will do something to us.” – Vance Havner
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105
“The key to my understanding of the Bible is…personal relationship to Jesus Christ.” – Oswald Chambers
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” – C. H. Spurgeon
This chapter is an excerpt from my book, Letters to Young Black Men. Click here to find out more or to purchase the book online.