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Never Stop Being a Student

Do you ever feel like you’ve arrived?  Do you tend to think that you’ve learned what you need to learn and now know what you need to know?  Or…do you want to understand things more deeply and more fully?  Do you have a humble, open, and seeking heart?

There’s often a time in the early years of our faith when we just couldn’t seem to get enough.  We experienced an insatiable hunger for the truth.  We lived with the humbling realization that there was so much we didn’t know.  We loved to study the Word of God.  We loved listening to peers and mentors who were further along.  We were students.

But something can happen along the way.  Maybe we get distracted by the world and begin to live more like tourists than students.  Perhaps we get discouraged and feel our study isn’t helping.  Or it could be that feeling of arrival that dulls the hunger.

Whatever your story, I suggest you never stop being a student…a learner, a grower.  I’ll give you two reasons.  The first is the depth of God’s wisdom.  It has no boundary.  It has no bottom.  It has no ceiling.  If, for thousands of years, we could sit at His feet to listen and absorb, we would scratch only the surface of His wisdom.  Hebrews 4:12 tells us His word is “alive and active.”  That lets us know that there’s more to it than we can absorb and understand in one reading, one lesson, one sitting.  God’s word bears repeated study and meditation.

Here’s a second reason…danger lurks out in the world.  Falsehood can echo in our fallen minds more loudly and repeatedly than the sounds of wisdom.  Every day a thousand voices speak into our lives, and the majority of those voices have not gained their insight from the wisdom of the Lord.

You see, we live in the middle of a raging spiritual war and we can be taken captive, so to speak.  We can be quick to allow divine wisdom to be corrupted by human desires.  It’s so easy to breathe in the polluted air of a culture that often disputes God’s existence, let alone His wisdom.

I’ll say it again:  never stop being a student of our Father.  Day after day, resolve to partake of His wisdom, bow your head and humbly pray, as Psalm 86 says, “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”

Blessings,

Kevin

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