Tag: Learn

Seize your opportunities!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Deut. 20:4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.

An organization in Montana offered a bounty of five thousand dollars for every wolf captured alive. Two hunters decided to head for the hills and make some money capturing wolves. Day and night, they scoured the mountains and forests searching for their valuable prey. Exhausted after three days of hunting without success, they both fell asleep.

During the night, one of the hunters suddenly woke up to find that the two were surrounded by a pack of fifty wolves, their eyes flaming and teeth bared. At once, he called to his friend, “Hey, wake up! We’re gonna be rich!

Sometimes we feel in over our heads in difficulties. They surround us like that pack of wolves preparing to pounce. But perhaps these difficulties are actually opportunities?? Recently, we’ve had some interesting trials. But through these tribulations, we see that God is taking each situation, one by one, and turning it for His Glory — just more opportunities for us to testify of His goodness.

Today, we have the opportunity to learn and grow, and experience the grace and power of God through these trials which surround us. The devil is not as smart or powerful as he appears — and we have a great and All-Mighty God who has a way of using our enemy’s silly tactics for the building up of His Great Kingdom!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten

Are We Learning?

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

When we become Christians we enter the school of Christ. We come under the direct tutelage of the Holy Spirit and should move normally upward by stages toward spiritual perfection. But the truth is most of us do not.

When the children of Israel came out of Egypt they became students in God’s school of experience, but they were slow to learn and sometimes they did not learn at all or forgot at critical moments all that they had learned. The Old Testament is helpful reading, not because of any worthy qualities it reveals about Israel but because in it we see the great kindness and long-suffering of God toward a dull and wrongheaded people who managed to go through school without learning anything.

Because Israel could not or would not learn from experience they were at various times defeated, oppressed, dispossessed, and at last they were rejected outright and dispersed throughout the world. The presence of Jews in every corner of the world is a witness to this.

That Israel should have learned and did not is no proof that they were more obtuse than the rest of us; it proves rather that they were very much like us. Instead of smugly condemning a nation for its folly we had better consider ourselves lest we also fall. For the record of the church is no better than that of Israel. Before the last book of the New Testament had been finished the church had started through the same cycle of learning and forgetting, rising and falling, sinning and repenting that had marked Israel in earlier times. And after the passing of 1,900 years we are still at it.

by A.W. Tozer