Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
Why would Edwards want to resolve to study the Bible this much? Perhaps he read these verses and was gripped by them:
Deuteronomy 32:46-47, “Moses said to them, ‘Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. For they are not just idle words for you– they are your life…’”
Prov. 2:1-6, “My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth comes both knowledge and understanding.”
Prov 4:20-22, “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body.”
John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”
Perhaps Edwards studied the Bible so much, because he knew that in it, he would find the One whom his heart longed the most for, Jesus. This is why I read it. This is why I want you to read it. Come to the Word, it is light for a thousand dark nights, and healing for a thousand deep hurts.