The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: (Ephesians 4:21)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(2 Timothy 2:15)
Today's Morsel: In many places of the world, school will soon start again. Many will be purchasing school supplies in hopes of being ready for the starting day. Many will be happy, because this will be their last year and they will obtain their diploma of completion. We should see the church as a school. A place where we can learn and grow. Solomon said that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, while Paul informs us that if we've been taught by Jesus then we should know where the truth lies, in Jesus. He told Timothy to study to show himself approved of God. He further stated, "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge" (1 Corinthians 8:6-7). Why doesn't everyone know that Jesus is God? Why doesn't everyone believe this truth? How much of your study do you spend seeking and looking for truth? Jesus said, "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24). Wouldn't it be nice if everyone had an AA, was "Apostolic Apostle"; or a BA, "Born Again"; or a MA, "Master of the Book of Acts"; or a PHD, a "Pentecostal Holiness Disciple"; or a DD, a "Doctor in the Lord's Doctrine". If we all sought these degrees, I think our world would be in a better position than it is, our families would be more in tune to each other, our schools would be run by godly instructors, and our government would be led and ruled in the fear of God. "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" King Solomon said (Proverbs 14:34).
Sing: Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus, daily let me go; higher, higher in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know.
Refrain: O deeper yet, I pray, and higher every day, and wiser, blessed Lord, In Thy precious, holy Word.