A Lifetime of Learning

by APC on May 20, 2015

This month, many students will be parading to the tune Pomp and Circumstance, and donning the classic cap and gown for their graduation ceremony. High school graduates feel like they’ve accomplished the largest feat of their lifetime and now “know it all. ” However, those graduating from college with their PhDs feel the exact same way. Days, weeks, and sometimes years later, we can revisit these graduates and they will tell you how much they still need to learn—they truly don’t know it all.

We attend educational institutions to learn and to increase our knowledge—some believing to become “experts” in different fields. But, those who have gleaned true wisdom and knowledge know the culmination of their learning career did not end as they stepped off the star-studded stage at graduation. Receiving their diploma did not place a checkmark in any box that said I now know it all.

Just as we must admit that secular learning, in any capacity, is never finished, the same is true for our spiritual journey. Scripture tells us:

And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statues, to do them: (Deuteronomy 17:19, KJV).

If we could possibly know everything there is to know about God and His Word, we wouldn’t receive instruction to read the Word all the days of our life. Learn in this Scripture is the Hebrew word lamad, which means to be trained, skillful in, accept, and become accustomed to.

Our journey to live a life that’s pleasing to the Lord is a daily process. We don’t know everything—this is why living right doesn’t happen naturally. We need to read the Word daily so we can be trained up and become accustomed to God’s ways and expectations in how to live. What we are familiar with becomes easier for us to do! If we are trained in Godly characteristics and Godly ways, we will be able to emulate them in our life.

Homework isn’t something we’ll get away from once we toss our tasseled-cap into the air. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15, KJV). Studying involves continual dedication and time—consisting of reading, research, analysis, review, application, and sometimes memorization. If we are to walk with God all the days of our life, we’ve got to log a few hours reading, memorizing, and meditating on the Word of God. Studying helps the continual learning process!

If we don’t practice and/or review what we’ve learned, we will forget. God knows this, which is why we’re warned in Scripture to, “…keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life…” (Deuteronomy 4:9, KJV).

For those Bible scholars out there, you may not always have an “ah-ha” moment of divine revelation every time you read the Word, but daily learning helps us to stay in reminder mode. We all can use a refresher by reading the Word so we don’t forget what we’ve learned!

Today, let’s not don our spiritual cap and gown quite yet and settle in for a few more semesters of learning. When we stay faithful to God and His Word, we will yet discover those deep things (I Corinthians 2:10), which will give way to a sincere personal hunger for a lifetime of learning.