Romans 15:4 New Living Translation
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”
A teachable spirit; it’s necessary if a person wants to learn anything at all. A person has to be willing to listen intently and not just hear what is being told to them. There is a big difference between listening and hearing. You can listen to someone all day long and not hear a thing they are saying. The Bible was written to teach us. It is meant to encourage us and build up our faith and trust in God. If we have a teachable spirit we will gather many nuggets of truth from its pages. If you believe it to be God’s infallable Word, then that which lies between the covers is sacred and holy and therefore, worthy of being read and adhered to.
We are not in some crazy game. We are at war with an enemy who already knows the fate that awaits him. His lone desire is to drag as many down with him as possible. We’re making it easy for him. We’re not paying attention. We’re doing as we please and not allowing ourselves to be taught. If we weren’t at war, why would God have wasted space on his pages to speak of spiritual armor in Ephesians 6? We must learn our lessons well and be prepared to stand our ground when the enemy comes prowling (1).
We have nothing to fear for we are the children of God. We do however need to be attentive to our surroundings and allow ourselves to be taught by our Lord and Savior. The knowledge is there for the taking. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Note: “The knowledge of the Scriptures affects our attitude toward the present and the future. The more we know about what God has done in years past, the greater the confidence we have about what he will do in the days ahead. We need to diligently read our Bibles so we may have confidence that God’s will is best for us.” (From The Life Application Study Bible re: Romans 15:4)
(1) 1 Peter 5:8 New Living Translation
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”