Josh Apple's Youth and Children's Page: September

A Challenge for the New Church Year: Seek God's Wisdom

Hey everyone!

     As our youth and children are now back in school, two conversations I had years ago have been replaying in my head. The first conversation was with my Uncle Andy and it took place when I graduated High School. We were talking about my plans for college and life. The conversation included all the things I would be learning in college. Andy had just started a new job and he was telling me about everything he was learning with his new job. Then he told me, “Keep learning. If I ever learn all there is to know about a job, I will quit. Because I want to never stop learning.”

     The second conversation that I’ve been thinking about was with my New Testament and Greek Professor in seminary, Dr. Todd Still. Dr. Still was incredibly intelligent. He could quote chapters from the New Testament, especially the Epistles of Paul, and he could read and translate Greek better than I can read English. Even though he knows so much he told me, “There is still so much for me to learn. I get excited everyday about what I will learn that day.”

     In Proverbs 4:7, Solomon wrote, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Warren Wiersbe says, “Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.”

     Our Youth and Children will be learning a lot during this school year. They will be learning and expanding their vocabulary, learning about history, science and math. Prayerfully, this new knowledge will prepare them for their futures.

     But what about us who are out of school? What are we studying and learning? Are we seeking to gain God’s Wisdom?

     As our children start this new school year and are learning many new and exciting things, I want to challenge all of us to continue to learn about our God and our Savior. Don’t just read your Bible, study and meditate on it. Take your time with God’s Word and let it penetrate your heart, mind, and life. James tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

     Continue to learn! Be excited about what God will teach you! Seek after God’s Wisdom, no matter the cost! As you do, you will find a sense of peace and satisfaction as you get to know our Lord better. “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere” (James 3:17).

In Christ’s Love,