Grow and Learn
Colossians 1:9-10 (NLT)
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
Nonstop prayer for spiritual wisdom and understanding... God’s wisdom and insight that he gives is something we must continually seek. Some people mistakenly think that knowing a little scripture or going to church once a week is enough wisdom and understanding to live by. That’s too bad because there’s always more. God is infinite so his wisdom and insight is too. It is also delightful, helpful, life-giving and life-saving.
In college I took a geography class one time. Guess what? My knowledge of the subject hasn’t grown. Not only has it not grown, I can’t really remember any of what I did cram into my head back in the day. I let it all go as I pursued it no more. I certainly don’t want to treat God’s Word – the most helpful, sustaining and empowering knowledge there is the same way I treat some of my school subjects.
No one can study God’s Word just once and master it. It is a Living Word; there will always be more to learn, more to consider, more to master, more to implement. We will never know God enough because he is infinite... All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
The pursuit of study in God’s Word looks nothing like a general ed class no one cares about. It looks like this... Be there when the church doors open. Open that Bible on the coffee table and read it. Turn on some worship music and let the truths seep in. Talk about scripture with others. Text yourself Bible verses. Ask God for insight and wisdom. Repeat often.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)
I am thankful for time in your Word and in your presence this morning. I am grateful that you talk to me and increase my understanding. I am so happy to be able to compare scripture to daily situations and consult you. And I’m very thankful that you never shame me or leave me to my own devices, and you fill my heart with your truth. I love you and thank you in Jesus’ name, amen.