Day 73~ 2 Tim 1-4
On day 70 & 72 I mentioned learning. I love to learn! I had an instructor say to me once, “Nurses are life-long learners”. I would agree with that, at least concerning myself. So, you can imagine how I perked up when I read Paul’s description of some women who are victims to false teachers. He described them as “gullible women, loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim 3:7).
Ugg! Always learning but never coming to the truth? That would kill me!!
That would bring such despair!
Learning is good, only when it leads to truth.
The writer of Ecclesiastes was known to be very wise. He had spent a life time learning, yet this was his conclusion-
“Then I applied myself to understanding of wisdom,…but I learned this too, is a chasing after the wind.” (1:17)
He also pursued pleasures (like the ladies described above) and worked hard for material gain. This was his evaluation of it all-
“Yet, when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (2:11)
I love how he concludes his book, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every hidden deed into judgement, including every hidden thing whether it is good or evil.” (12:12-14)
So it’s OK to be a “life-long learner” but, it better be leading to truth! And what is truth? Remember….Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)