For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 (NIV)
Will you teach me? Will you train me? Will you make yourself available to me? What do you mean by that? My word has been written down for you. My word is designed to teach and train you. Will you study my word? Will you take my word into your heart and mind and life? Yes, I will take your word into my heart and mind and life. I will allow you to guard and guide my life, by your word. How often should I study your word? How frequently should I let your word dwell in me richly? How often and how frequently do you want me to teach and train you? That is a good question. There is no time that I don’t want you to be teaching and training me. I always want you to be guarding and guiding my life by your word. That is very good.
So, what will you do? I’m starting to understand how your teaching and training will work. How so? You are the teacher. I am the student. You are always ready, willing and able to teach and train me. Yes, I am. Am I always ready, willing and able to be taught and trained by you? That is the question. Will I set apart a daily time and place to meet with you in your word? That is another question. Will I carry what you are teaching me from your word with me throughout my day? That is the final question. In other words, will you meditate on my word day and night. Will you keep my word ever before you, in your heart and mind and life? Yes, I will keep your word ever before me. Yes, I will meditate on your word day and night. Yes, I will set apart a daily time and place to meet with you in your word. That will be very good.
What do you expect to learn as you study my word? I expect that I will come to know you. Why is that? I will be quieting myself before you. I will be listening to you as you speak to me. That’s good. What else? I expect that I will learn to walk in your ways. Why is that? I will be hearing and putting into practice all that you are teaching me. That’s good. What else? I will receive everything that I need. I will receive everything you want to give me. Like what? To name a few, I will receive endurance through trials, encouragement through difficulty and hope in seemingly hopeless situations. What I will receive from you will be without limit, as I meet with you in your word. That’s true. Keep on meeting with me in my word. Yes Lord, I will. I know that you will teach and train me with your word. That is very good.
Lord, thank you that your word has been written down, so I can be taught by it. Your word has given me hope in seemingly hopeless situations, encouragement through struggles and patience endurance through all the trials of life. I will gladly study your word. Amen
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