Well, I hope your time spent hiding Proverbs 12:18 in your heart was a great blessing to you. I know this, the Holy Spirit will bring that verse to mind from day-to-day to lead us to speak words of healing rather than harm. I’ve experienced this time-after-time through the years as I’ve memorized God’s Word.
Today we will take another step in our journey of hiding God’s Word in our heart. Our verse this week is from 2 Timothy 3:16 where Paul writes, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.,” What a powerful, reassuring truth for you and me!
I’m sure you are like me, you’ve had some great teachers throughout your life. A great teacher can take a tough, dry topic and breath life into it so that it comes alive and becomes interesting to the student. The problem with great teachers is that they tend to be experts in only one field. A great English teacher can teach us about the literary giants throughout history, but is of no help to us with our Biology homework. A genius Math teacher can mesmerize us with numbers, but she would most likely be lost when it comes to American History.
Another interesting aspect of the education that we are most familiar with, the education we gain from going to school, is that we can go to school for years, earn a Ph.D. in any given subject, and not learn about how to live life from day-to-day. Paul writes that “All Scripture is God-breathed,” every word of the Word is from God. It is because of the unique nature of the Bible that it is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” God’s Word is essential, it is paramount, without equal, in teaching us how to live in right-relationship with God and others. That’s what the word, “righteousness,” is all about–living in right-relationship with God and others.
God’s Word “teaches” us how to have a relationship with God. God’s Word “teaches” us how to relate to others. God’s Word “rebukes” us, “corrects” us when we get off track in either our horizontal or vertical relationships. God’s Word “trains” us in how to walk with God and others. As an athlete learns a skill by going to practice everyday and working on perfecting the skill so we take God’s teaching and apply it to how we live each and ever day.
If you want to learn about medicine, auto mechanics, architecture, plumbing, or education then by all means go to school, study like crazy, drink in the many lessons that are offered, and use your knowledge to glorify God and bless others in your chosen field. But, if you want to learn about how to live your life, how to live in a right-relationship with God and others, then devote yourself to learning God’s Word and applying God’s Word to everyday life with an even greater devotion.
2 Timothy 3:16