Heb 4 v 12: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Bible is an awesome book.
1. Its the user's manual full of practical advice. I was once told
if you want to know how to talk with God, you should read the Psalms and if you want to know how to deal with people, (which requires much wisdom!) you should read Proverbs. Is'nt it amazing how there are 31 chapters in Proverbs? One for each day of the month, filled with practical advice and wisdom.
2. Its a history book filled with lots of stories of heroism, wars, hardship, victory and triumphs. All these stories tell of the heart of God and how He went before His people, how He rescued them from their enemies and from themselves. Stories of great overcoming in the face of great pain, eg Job.
3. Its a book with love stories. Adam and Eve, Sampson and Delilah, Solomon and his bride (Song or Solomon), David and Bathsheba. Abraham and Sarah. God shows in His word how the choices we make in relationships harm or bless us. The greatest love story of all is Jesus and His bride, us the church. Look at the depth of His love for us. The gospels tell us all He went through to demonstrate His love for us. They show us that God gave His son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins so that you and I never have to. All He asks in return is our heart and to acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour. He is the only way to God the father!
4. Its a book filled with prophecy. Much of the prophecy has been fulfilled but there is still more to come. The bible shows us this in books like Daniel and The Revelation.
The bible is many faceted and God gave it to us so that we could be led, guided, chastised, encouraged, uplifted, healed, delivered, comforted, and taught. Ps 119 v 50: This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life. It is complete and the word says that we are to never add to it or take away from it.
In church the other day the pastor said that there are times when we read the word and it does not feel like we get anything out of it. He said we should see studying the word like mining. You dig and dig and just find dirt but if you persevere you come across a vein of gold. Something so valuable that all the digging was worth while.