The lessons we learn
November 8, 2010
by Pastor Al Jones, New Life Assembly of God Church, Cokato

All of us, during the life we live on this earth, have gained experiences that have benefited us later in life.

Many of the things I learned in childhood remain with me today – some do not. The criterion for whether or not we remember these lessons learned is related to their relevance to our lives today.

Learning what things are hot and should not be touched started at an early age. Also included in that list are: how to show respect for others, the value of a job well done, and my responsibility to serve the Lord with my life.

In the book of Proverbs, Solomon gives a clear picture of a father’s love in teaching his son. Follow with me in Chapter 4: “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, ‘Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.’” Proverbs 4:1-5 (KJV).

The whole chapter could have been used for reference because Solomon continues to exhort his own child on the importance of receiving instruction to gain wisdom and understanding. I encourage you to read the remainder of this chapter on your own.

The value of teaching our children (and grandchildren) the foundation of the Word of God is crucial to their success as adults. Within the Bible are clues to the very nature of God, the gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, the blessed hope of an eternity with our Heavenly Father, life values that sustain us in difficult times and the list could go on.

Paul tells Timothy (and us) the value of learning the Word. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV).

In order for us, as human beings, to live a fulfilled life for God, it is vital that the Word become part of us in our daily lives.

As I bring this article to a close, consider with me another verse taken from Chapter 4: “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” Proverbs 4:13 (KJV).

If we truly want to live for God, we must first understand who He is, and how much He loves us. After all, “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Heb 11:6 (KJV).