The Bible is a tool to help us interact with the One True God. As such, I believe the actual value of it is realized as we see how God dealt with people and situations in the past. We see his character revealed.
We get glimpses of his detailed involvement with people and events and we come to expect some of the same in our lives and situations. Therefore, it is an infinitely useful book.
- It draws us to ask God to interact with us with patience and mercy as he did the Israelites in the wilderness.
- It invites us to ask God to provide for us as He did the Egyptians through Joseph’s wisdom during their abundance and famine.
- It challenges us to seek God in such a way that He would talk to us face to face as He did with Moses.
- It encourages us to have faith to believe Him for those things that seem unbelievable like Abraham and Sarah and their expectations of having children more numerous than the stars.
- It reminds us that following Him means leaving other things behind like the disciples in the New Testament.
If we read it for knowledge, we are missing the point. It is a book of action. Therefore, the Bible must provoke us to action for it to be most effective.