Proverbs 18:15 (ESV)
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
I once read “if you want to be a good teacher, be a good student.” When Jesus lived on the earth, his disciples were called "students".
We who know Jesus as Lord consider Him our Rabbi or Teacher, and ourselves, His students. As such we continue to learn and grow in His wisdom, love, and character.
This learning process involves regular tests from our Lord as He leads us from one level of faith to the next. While in school I'd often find myself attempting to cram mountains knowledge into my poor brain the night before an important exam. Then, after completing the test I would quickly forget most of what I had crammed and scarcely absorbed. Doubtless had I been required to retake the test a week later, I'd almost certainly have failed it.
But in the testing of faith, we cannot cram knowledge or understanding and still hope to pass. If we try this shoddy and superficial approach to learning we will simply find ourselves retaking the test, over and over again. If we are truly His students, we will study, pray and delve deeply into the challenging material at hand, to learn and absorb the lesson well, so that we are educated, transformed, and well equipped to move forward in the Lord. Jesus wants us to learn today's lesson – because He has a new lesson for us tomorrow!
What lesson is today's important lesson? Be diligent to understand and apprehend it, and even to begin applying it. So doing you'll be thoroughly equipped and prepared for the one your Lord will send next...maybe even, tomorrow!
Dear Lord, help us to be diligent to study and learn the lessons that You have for us. Help us be focused on having our faith grow. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.