awake | The Discipline of Study

May 7 2013
       ”Remember, the mind will always take on an order conforming to the order on which it concentrates.”
                            -Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
       The idea of knowledge has always fascinated me, but the application of study to increase knowledge is a path best taken slowly, with much concentration, in order to increase by many measures one’s wisdom, for knowledge must be tempered with much wisdom if it is to be of any use or benefit.

       For I am rich in the knowledge of youth, but ever poorer still in the wisdom of my age.

       Fancy words and knotted phrases teach men to ponder, but what use if they ponder without insight from above? To increase in knowledge alone is not gain, nor is to ponder wisely without direction. Therefore, meditation ought to be focus, not the lack thereof.

       ”If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
                            James 1:5, ESV

       ”For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
                            Hebrews 4:12, ESV

       ”All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
                            2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV

       ”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
                            Philippians 4:8-9, ESV

       ”Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
                            Colossians 3:16-17, ESV