Proverbs 4:13 “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.”
After high school, many were glad to put school and learning in the rear view mirror. Yet, as a child of God, I find we are to be ever-learning. So, why the pushback on leaning? Why is there a sense of disdain in some to take on new things?
If we study this passage, God instructs that learning has a gender – ‘her.’ God gave Eve to Adam as a helpmeet. In that same spirit, instruction should be that which we see as a help, not a boon.
God also points out that she (instruction), can come and go. We are to hold fast to her, to keep her and not let her go. As children of the Living God, we must adjust our attitude about learning and embrace her.
As a child of God, we are given a Teacher – the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
Young Timothy was instructed by his mentor, the Apostle Paul, to avoid those who would embrace learning without being submitted to the Holy Spirit as their teacher. In these last days before Christ’s return, we must take special heed to these words:
2 Timothy 3:2-7 “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
These are those who embrace learning but deny the new birth and the God who provides it. Biblical adherence to the principals God teaches by the whole body is paramount. It cannot be that the church blindly accepts the teachings of the man they call the pastor.
The learning we are to embrace should give us all a basis for what we hear – no matter who is speaking. Which is why I believe, God says at the end:
“…for she is thy life.”
There are those today who are willing to die for what they believe. Around the world, there are religions seeking to purge biblical Christianity from their midst. How are we to combat this? With the truth of the Word of God. We cannot minimize the warnings God gives us.
Having been taught the truth – are you willing to give your life? Moreover, are you ready to live for Him?!