May 20, 2019
Truth Is Bliss
I once heard intelligence simply defined as the “ability to learn.” Some might say they have this ability. Others might not think so, or they think that learning is hard. Regardless of whether we have the “ability” to learn or not, we should all strive to develop the following specific trait in our lives … having a desire to learn.
Contrary to the old saying, ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance of God’s Word can bring about serious mistakes and heartache. Learning the Word of God provides us with power, peace, and strategies for success in this life as well as in eternity. When we do follow His word, we glorify God, which is our purpose in life. And it comes with a bonus. Following the Word of God improves life.
Learning from God’s Word should be our priority, but we can also learn from books, Bible study groups, Sunday school, small group discussions and one-on-one discussions with Christians God has placed on our path. Ask God to guide you on your exciting path of transformation.
Satan knows the power of the Bible. He wants to keep you far away from it through false teachers or the busyness of life. He interferes as you apply God’s Word to your life and you end up questioning God’s Word. Satan plays on our fleshly desire and belief that we can write our own instruction manual, and that it will be better than God’s. It sounds silly when you read that statement. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we get sucked into this mindset frequently each day.
Today, make a commitment not just to learn more from the Bible, but also to apply what you learn consciously. You could begin by setting up a plan of regular reading if you don’t already have one. Even if you are reading the Word faithfully, perhaps some of these suggestions will help.
Read reflectively. It’s true that we gain valuable information from the Bible, but the key is for the information to effect a transformation in our lives. As you read, focus specifically on the content. What does it reveal about the thoughts and feelings in your head and heart? Look at what the passage reveals about how you make daily decisions or why you make them as you do.
Today, start reading the Bible with the intention of being transformed powerfully. Be more concerned about the quality of your reading than the quantity. Take time to think about what you are reading and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you. After your reading, think about the ways you see God, yourself, or your life differently. Then ask yourself how you can use that information in some of your areas of struggle today. Then plan, yes, plan, to use it. Finally, practice it. Application of the Bible is paramount for transformation. Whether you use the Bible as your instruction manual, or you write your own faulty instruction book is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, help me to truly turn my heart to wisdom and apply my heart to understanding and learning. I don’t want to be just a well-stocked spiritual library, filled with more knowledge and minimal application. Help me be open as the Holy Spirit’s prompts me and teaches me how to apply this knowledge towards Godly living. Help me to be disciplined, intentional, and strategic in the day’s battles. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One whom You sent to teach me, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5
Then you will again obey the Lord and keep all his commands that I am giving you today. “The Lord your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the Lord will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors. The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is within your reach. Deuteronomy 30:8-11