Pr. 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
So, the reason I’ve been MIA for a few days is that I fractured my tibial plateau on Tuesday night. (the top of my shin bone) Everything has been taking 3 times as long to do, so I’m just starting to adjust.
For the next 6 weeks I cannot put Any weight on my leg. Here on day 3 (only 5 weeks and 4 days to go!!), I am noticing something beautiful taking place. Although I have casually taught my children how to do laundry, sweep, etc., they are now going to get a deeper experience with it as they help out around the house.
This morning my son not only cleaned up his mess, but put everything exactly where it should be without me reminding him to do so.
My children are wise. They know how to do quite a bit. What I am witnessing and realizing now, however, is that by the end of this 6 weeks, they will be much wiser and much more capable of taking care of themselves and our house. They are going to grow in ways they otherwise would not have.
This is how it is with the Lord. No matter how much we know about the Lord, His word, and His precepts, the more we dig and study the more we will learn. His wisdom will continue to fill us throughout our lives. When we are willing to be taught, we will continue to learn.
Maybe we have read the parable of the wicked vinedressers 84 times. We may have read the book of Galatians through every few months for the last 20 years of our lives. There may be times when we find ourselves mindlessly speed-reading through them, but the truth is…we can always learn more from the Word of God. Because His Word does not return to Him void, there is always something to glean from it.
If we find ourselves casually reading the Word, we can ask the Lord to help us give a deeper experience by taking more responsibility upon ourselves for what we’re learning. Perhaps we need to find someone who needs to be instructed. That may cause us to look for more wisdom as we read. Things we never noticed in those scriptures will suddenly have new meaning.
Maybe there is some kind of ministry for which we need to become responsible. Learning God’s word to ensure we are filled with Him in order to pour Him out onto others will cause our study time to become more intentional.
Maybe our light has just grown a bit dim. Reading with the goal of raising the wattage in our light that shines for Him may help us to take on a bit more responsibility with our study time.
Like my kids, maybe it’s the time in our lives when we need to learn more, dig deeper, and grow in ways we didn’t realize we were ready for. Perhaps now is the time when God has something even more for you…and for me.
Growing with you,