Linda Turner, Finance Income Manager
Do you want to be wiser than your enemies, have more insight than all your teachers, have more understanding than the aged, and be kept from every evil path? Then the Bible is the book to study; it is God’s words of instruction to us. God teaches us in the Bible through stories, parables and “street-wise” advice, along with no-nonsense warnings on just about every topic that affects our every day life.
Wisdom and knowledge do not come to us by osmosis. We can now touch a couple of buttons on our computer or smart phone, and garner millions of pages on one subject. But that is information only, not knowledge. It only becomes knowledge to you if you learn the information. Learning is active participation. For example, if I type into my computer search engine “Art,” I get 434,000,000 results. Are you an artist if you have 434,000,000 results at your fingertips? No way! Neither are you wiser than your enemies, more insightful than all your teachers, more full of understanding than the aged, and more wary of every evil path by having the Bible sit unopened on your bookshelf.
When we don’t read the Bible, we cheat ourselves of comfort, wisdom, delight, insight, understanding, knowledge, good judgment, discernment, blessings, strength, freedom, peace, and counsel.
It is pretty simple: the more you read the Bible, the more you will learn about God–His wisdom and His ways. If not by osmosis, how?
By meditating on His words: Psalm 119: 15, 23, 27, 48, 78, 97, 99,148
By being teachable: Psalm 119: 12, 26, 29, 33, 64, 66, 68, 99, 108, 124, 135, 171
By learning – being willing to study: Psalm 119: 7, 71, 73, 152
By gaining understanding: Psalm 32, 34, 73, 100, 104, 130, 144, 169
By considering – pausing to think; to ponder: Psalm 119 : 6, 15, 59, 128
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
“Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart” (Psalm 119:2).