For as long as I can remember I have always loved learning new things. I remember being told as a young teen boy that the more I knew, the more valuable I would be. I remember each summer my dad would find me a summer job and I always took it as an opportunity to learn. I worked for an electrician, a land surveyor, a trucking company, a mechanic shop, and a gym all before graduating from high school. Needless to say, I was able to learn a lot more than just my ABCs. Years later as I look back, I learned an important part of life and that is the importance of always learning. There are so many things to learn. I often joke with my students and tell them I should get a diploma from YouTube. The list is countless of how many things I have learned online.
The Bible says in Proverbs 1:5 “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels…” We all have the ability to hear something but not learn anything from it. Lyndon Johnson said, “You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” Let’s be honest the opportunity to learn is always there, it is a matter of taking the time and energy to learn it or possibly just taking the time to quiet ourselves and allow someone or something to teach us.
I’d like to point our attention to the truth I have shortly built up to. If learning is so beneficial and important, what should we learn? What is the most important thing we can learn? The answer is simple: Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” Pastor Esposito would often say, “Wisdom is seeing and living life through God’s perspective.” Wisdom is more than simply knowing something, it is knowing how to properly apply what you know.
Proverbs 2:10-11 “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:”
As we climb to new levels in our lives, we must be prepared to face new devils – challenges and opposition.