Doctors and nurses, public school teachers and sheriffs, as well as all other licensed professionals, are required to participate in “continuing education” studies. They must do so to retain their licenses and be current in the latest methods and regulations that affect their profession. If they fail to complete the “units” that are necessary, they lose their licenses and can no longer practice their profession.
That is not true for those of us who profess to accept the teachings of God’s Word. We have a choice in the matter. We may, if we “want” to, read and study His Word, attend church, pray and fellowship with other believers. What we do or do not do is a result of our love for and commitment to and walk with the Lord.
However, there are consequences if we do not follow the teachings of Scripture: “Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” There is a warning in this verse that is best understood if we translate it to read: “Look, my children, if you ever stop listening to and refuse to follow what I have taught you, you will end up wandering through life and not know where you are going or what you are doing.”
Scripture, especially the writings of Solomon, contain many warnings about abandoning the teachings of God. This one is straight to the point. It is a thought provoking contrast to what so many teach and follow today: “If it feels good, do it!” Although it may “feel good” today, when you awaken to the realities of such foolishness it may be too late: “You will have strayed from the things of God.”
Wisely God gives us choices. He never has nor ever will force us to choose Him or His teachings. It’s up to us to choose. But if we do indeed love Him our choices will reflect His ways.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to refuse to give up a life dedicated to a life-long pursuit of loving You, knowing You and following You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 19:27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.