If you are born or raised in the United States, the first 18 years of your life is already planned. The basic expectation is for every child to attend school from kindergarten all the way through high school. Following graduation, individuals may choose college, attend a trade school or work locally until a better opportunity arises. From a worldly standard, the more degrees that you earn often result in higher pay, improved chances for advancement and an elevated social status. Anyone who rejects this path to success may be ridiculed, shunned or teased by the elite as some educators within higher education believe if you stop learning, you quit living.
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay, Habakkuk 2:2-3.
In the days of the Old Testament, kings went to battle each spring to defend their territory from encroaching armies or expand their power over nearby lands. According to 2 Samuel 11, David became bored by this annual tradition. Perhaps, a few members of his posse convinced David to enjoy his power as king of Israel. “You’re the king; send one of your commanders to oversee this military exercise. Take some time off, relax and enjoy the wealth that you have accumulated.” Since the Bible doesn’t detail any such conversation, maybe David felt like he arrived. After serving as a lowly shepherd and musician, David was in the prime of his life, on the top of the world. As the events of 2 Samuel 11 play itself out, complacency caused David to stop living according to God’s commands. When you stop learning, you quit living as God desires.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal My will]. Because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children, Hosea 4:6.
The Bible reveals the relationship between knowledge and vision. Vision provides a game plan, enabling people to plot out their future through a series of goals. As I reflect upon my own life, the times where I lost my way coincide with periods in my life void of goals and objectives. Meanwhile, if accomplishments in life are etched upon a flow chart, my peaks and summits were achieved due to desire, focus and passion inspired by a dream or vision. While some adults no longer have aspirations for pursuing another college degree, your current career is constantly changing as technology advances. Thus, if you decide to stop learning, you will quickly fall behind as younger energetic co-workers will catch up and surpass your level of knowledge. No matter how old you get, maintaining a teachable spirit is essential. If you’re not careful, when you stop learning the Bible, you might quit the faith of your childhood.
by Jay Mankus