THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
At the end of the semester, the college professor gave his class a chance to evaluate his course.
One student wrote, "I think this is an excellent class, but I am concerned
that the professor puts too much responsibility for learning on the students."
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written,
That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
When God became a man, He did so just like you and me.
He began as a baby, and learned and grew.
In the Scripture above, Jesus used what He had learned to defend Himself against Satan's deceptions.
In every manner, Jesus was tempted just like we are, but He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Our ability to defend against temptations is dependent upon whether we are a good student or a "flower child."
A good student studies.
However, a "flower child" expects to gain enough knowledge by osmosis.
No. We will never reach perfection on this side of heaven.
But the OBJECT of our living is to learn and grow;
and to become MORE like our Savior every day.
If I might paraphrase what Jesus said in the text above,
"The way to live life appropriately is to take the Word of God into ourselves and let it provide strength."
If we just hear a good sermon or Sunday School lesson, within a week we will have retained less than 25% of what we heard.
However, if we hear, read, write, and repeat the sermon or lesson, we will retain almost 94%.
HEY! That's enough to make an "A"!
Let's just face it: God didn't make us like flowers.
We don't gain enough knowledge of God's Word through osmosis.
To live by the Word of God,
we must study the Word of God.