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God’s approval? (03/19/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Have we ever just gazed upon a book and said, "Now I understand everything in this particular book?" Of course not! We have to make an extensive effort in order to gain some understanding of that which is contained in this book.

We have to study quite a number of years (12 to 19) before we are ready to enter the workplace. The fewer years of study and comprehension, the less we can expect to earn to meet our need. Therefore, it is very important that we attain enough education to meet our daily needs. We have to study and understand quite a number of subjects before we are finished with all our years of instruction, but the effort we put into studying will prove to be worthwhile.

When studying, we should apply ourselves to the best of our ability. It is very important that we do our best. Why? Because how well or how poorly we do will have a positive or negative effect on the rest of our lives. If we put forth our best effort, more than likely we will reap the reward according to the amount of effort we put into our studying. If we do our worst, we can expect our payback to be much less monetarily, therefore we should understand why it is so important to grasp as much understanding as our ability allows.

Our parents expect us to do our best. Our teachers expect us to do our best. We should do our best because God wants us to do our best. We should never be satisfied with mediocrity or a poor attempt at learning, especially God's word. Have we ever felt badly after having done our best? Do gazelles waddle?

Most of us will have spent many hours hitting the books in preparation for our life on earth. Studying may concern us because we desire to adequately provide for our needs and the needs of our families. We may also be concerned about pleasing our parents, teachers and others, but our main concern should be about pleasing our Lord and Savior. Are we at all concerned about searching His word for all His hidden treasure? Proverbs 2:1-6; 3:13-15

Yes, we prepare ourselves for a lifetime on earth, even though these lives are but for a moment compared to eternal life in heaven. What have we done and what are we doing to prepare ourselves for eternity? Have we submitted to God's instruction. Have we accepted Him and Lord and Savior? John 3:16, 36, James 2:14-26

What is eternal? The earthly or the heavenly? What meets God's approval?

Ponder II Timothy 2:15 Proverbs 4:5-7 


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