Sunday, January 23, 2011

Why Are You Telling Me This?

When I was in school I know I thought it of the teachers, and now that my children are in school they think it as well: Why are you telling me this? Hasn’t every child, at some point in there life, wondered why they have to go to school and listen to the teacher tell them all these facts?

One reason why we wonder this is because we think that we don’t need to learn much to be happy in life. But as I tell my children, if you continued to age, but didn’t learn anything more than you know now, you would struggle to get by in life as the years went by!! Learning is one of the fundamental purposes of our lives. This is why God has given us the kind of functioning brain that we have. There are many scriptures that teach us this, but one good one is from Proverbs 3:13, “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.”

Second, at some point in life (for most of us it is around 12 or 13), we get to that point where we think we know everything. So we think: Why are you telling me this? Especially when we feel like we know it already. But we are reminded that we are to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

The truth is, we don’t know it all, but God does. Because we are God’s children, God’s followers, we can receive wisdom from God, which will help us in the way we live our lives, respond to others, and be prepared for the uncertainties of life. In John chapter 15 Jesus told the disciples that He considered them friends, because He was telling them how He was going to die and be raised to life and be waiting for them in heaven.

Know that Jesus is your friend, and that the things of the Bible are told to us so that we might have life abundantly. With this in mind, let us be wise in how we live, and thank God for all that He tells us. Blessings.

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