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February 14th, 2012 – The Value of a Good Education

“Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.” Proverbs 23:12

Devotional Thought For The Day

This is the same instruction that the Lord Jesus gave His disciples, only He included a promise: “If you continue in My Word you are truly My disciples, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”  The “instruction” and the “words of knowledge” that the author of this proverb has in mind are the very “words” of God, those written down for our learning and instruction in Holy Scripture, which is the foundation of the church [1 Cor. 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; Eph. 2:19,20]. And yes, Jesus Christ, the gracious redemption and salvation He has accomplished for us in His suffering, death, and resurrection, is the cornerstone of all Scripture – for they all testify of Him [John 5:39; Luke 24:27].

It is fascinating, how we all recognize the critical importance of getting a good education.  As a society we mandate at least a high school education, and in spite of the immense cost, we strongly encourage all young people to obtain a college degree. Yet all the while that this has become a national mandate we have been eroding the Word of God out of the educational experience so that today “education” is virtually scrubbed and sterile of any references to God, including of course the most reprehensible matter of prayer to God. Still, ironically, God has allowed the intellectuals to discover powerful and irrefutable evidence which destroys all credibility for the predominate theoretical paradigm of empiricism [evolution] which has been the chief “rational” foundation for keeping God out of the schools. The continued holding to this theory, in the face of all the contradicting scientific evidence, reveals that this conflict has always been a matter of “faith versus faith,” and not “science versus faith.”  What is now taught is not science, but a “godless” faith and anti-science – and shame on those perpetrating this deception, whether by ignorance or intentionally.

This strong prejudice against true “instruction” in the “words of knowledge” has also intruded into the hearts of people within the church. Many times we hear parents wanting to limit the amount of time and energy their children must invest in Sunday School, Confirmation, and Youth Group – because of “home work” and a multitude of “extracurricular” activities like sports, clubs, and hobbies. However, when counseling individuals, the dramatic differences between one thoroughly catechized in Holy Scripture and one deprived of such “instruction” becomes immediately apparent. It is exponentially more difficult to counsel when the basic foundation of a true knowledge of God is fractional at best. And the troubles that such people wander into are often far more difficult and intractable. The value and blessedness of thorough instruction in the Word of God becomes immediately and forcefully apparent.

Well, what is past is past – except that people tend to pass on what they have received and been acculturated in. In the matter of instruction in the ways of God – including the blessed realities of His love and His redemption in Christ Jesus – this tends to be a dynamic of continuing erosion of a sense of the importance of instruction in the Word of God. If missing church to ski one Sunday a month seems reasonable to the parents, two Sundays a month are reasonable to their children, and four Sundays a month to their grandchildren. This is the reality of our sinful nature. So consider carefully the wisdom of this proverb, for yourself and also for your children and grandchildren. Secular learning and education pass away [I can’t even begin to rehearse all of the “reversals” that science and medicine has foisted upon us in the past 30 years]; but “the Word of the Lord remains forever.” [1 Pet. 1:25]

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, all parents and authorities around us laud the value and importance of a secular education, and such education is rewarded with higher wages, less physical labor, and more opportunities for employment. There is no financial reward, and often little parental encouragement, in obtaining a thorough education in Your Word. Forgive us this great foolishness, and by Your wondrous love instill within us the blessedness of a great hunger and desire for Your instruction, Your Word of knowledge. Amen.