We must desire to learn and apply ourselves.
Proverbs 2:1–5: My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 18:15: The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Matthew 5:6: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
1 Corinthians 9:24–27: Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
God’s Word is our schoolmaster.
Deuteronomy 6:6–7: And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Joshua 1:8: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Job 22:21–22: Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you. 22 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.
Psalm 119:9: How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
Psalm 119:98–100: You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep Your precepts.
Proverbs 6:22: When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you.
2 Timothy 2:15: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.
2 Peter 1:2–4: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
We should pray about the lessons God has brought our way.
Lamentations 3:40: Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD.
Matthew 7:7–8: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
James 1:5: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
We need to put our lessons into practice.
Matthew 7:24–25: Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
James 1:22–25: But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Godly instruction is a shortcut to learning.
Proverbs 4:13: Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.
Proverbs 9:9: Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Proverbs 19:20: Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.
Learning takes time, so be patient.
Proverbs 4:18: But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
Philippians 1:6: Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
James 1:2–4: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.