Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dare to learn

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, Proverbs 9:1-6, Psalm 111, Psalm 34:9-14, Ephesians 5:15-20,
John 6:51-58

As another school year starts, millions of children across the country begin an adventure that will be marked by social advancement and intellectual challenges. The ones that are successful at both will be remembered for years after they end their matriculation by their peers. Personally they should achieve a level of enlightenment that will help them continue to succeed in their adult lives.

Many of us have long passed those years but we still have a lifetime of learning to do. This is our spiritual growth, which adds exponentially to our wisdom. Solomon, when he ascended to his father's throne, understood this. He did not want exorbitant riches or long life, he sought wisdom to rule his people in the way God wanted him to. By pleasing God with this prayer, God gave him wisdom never seen before or since, as well as riches and long life.

We should seek to please God is this way. God has given us the ability to reason and think. It is what clearly distinguishes us from His other creations. However, we should hone our wisdom like a barber sharpens his razor knife. We should be humble and fear (respect) God, place our trust in Him, and focus our sights on He who provides our help.

We need to study the Word of God on a daily basis, strengthening ourselves in the knowledge of the truth. By building a strong foundation in our spiritual growth, we can grow and we can dare to dream. If we dream our wildest dreams, with God on our side, we can truly achieve them. Wisdom and discernment will guide you to your goals, and if you look at things with your spiritual eyes, you can sidestep those hurdles that the enemy will thrust upon you. In other words, it does not matter how big the struggle, the victory will be even greater.

To gain wisdom, you must dare to learn. In daring to learn, you must seek, find and respect God. Instead a being a daredevil, just avoiding perils and pitfalls, be a "dare-angel", rising above the fray, seeking the favor of God. The latter is much more rewarding for all eternity.