Friday, April 22, 2011

"I'll Never Use It!"

"Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge."
Proverbs 22:17

If any of you have ever been a parent, had a younger sister or brother or a young friend (or lived yourself) you have probably heard (or said) a statement like this: "I don't know why I have to learn geometry (or poetry or science or ancient history or.............). I'll never use it when I grow up."

Yep. We've all been guilty at one time or another. Isn't it interesting that we don't say that about the things that really interest us?

Nope. Just the things we don't like.

Now we all know deep down inside us somewhere that those statements are not really true. What we learn we use. What we don't learn we need to be able to use but can't because we didn't dig deep and push ourselves to learn it. Hmm....that sounded rather wordy instead of astute, but it's true! So I'll leave it.

The discipline of gaining the knowledge of the Lord is more than just useful. It is imperative if we are going to live a fulfilling life.

We are to incline our ear. The first step to learning is to determine that we are going to do it.

We are to hear the words. Step number 2 is to listen. We cannot learn if we do not listen.

We are to apply our hearts. Knowledge without application is rather useless.

The writer of the Proverbs gives us 3 results of applying the knowledge that we acquire through the Word of God:

It feels good to apply His Word to our lives:
"For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
if all of them are ready on your lips."
Prov. 22:18

We are able to trust God in life situations:
"That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made
them known to you today, even to you."
Proverbs 22:19

We are able to give an answer (2 Corinthians 5:12)
for the hope that is within us :
" make you know what is right and true, that you
may give a true answer to those who sent you?"

Proverbs 22:21b

Just another word of encouragement. Strive with me
to incline your ear and apply your heart to God's Word!

Have a blessed weekend as we celebrate the
Resurrection of our Precious Lord and Savior.

He is Risen!



Cranberry Morning

God loves a humble and teachable heart. Praise God for our Savior! I'm eager to be in church tonight to remember with fellow believers what Jesus did on Good Friday.

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