Ever the Learner

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. – Deut. 11:18-21

Moses is not very subtle here. Yes, this was in reference to the Old Testament law, but we can apply this principle to our lives as well. With school now underway, our children’s minds will be awoken from their summer slumber and re-introduced to math, history, grammar, science, and other academic disciplines. I can hear the excitement!

But even in the months away from school, these students never really stop learning. As adults, we are no different. This is just one reason why it is so important to be in the Word every day. Daily Bible reading is so much more than an item to cross off your to-do list. Immersing yourself in God’s Word is an event where the reader and God interact with one another. Can’t you hear the Lord speaking to you when you study the Word?

I sincerely pray that you choose a book in the Bible to read this week and ask questions about what you’re learning. One question will lead to another, and before you know it, you will be researching web sites (or asking other Christians) for explanations or answers. It is my firm belief that expanding our head knowledge will eventually open our hearts as well. Though we all travel different paths on our spiritual journeys, even the stoic biblical scholar can’t help but be moved as he or she delves deeper into the Gospel of John, Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, or the Book of Psalms.

Thomas Jefferson is said to be the first person to use the phrase “knowledge is power.” If this is true, then how potent is biblical knowledge? It’s no wonder Paul refers to the Word of God as “the sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17).

Take some time to read one of the Gospels this week. Then read it once more. Let’s get to the point where when we can confidently answer the question, “What would Jesus do?”

In His Name,

-Matt

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