by Rev Greg Obong-Oshotse 20 November 2020
Text: Proverbs 4:7 “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your possessions, acquire understanding.” NASB
The author of an essay I read about a year ago recalls a Bible test given by a teacher to high school students in Massachusetts in the 1970s. “Over eighty percent of the students could not complete the quote, ‘The love of money is the root—-’”, he says. They had no clue whatsoever. “Others thought Sodom and Gomorrah were two lovers in the Old Testament. A great many students said the gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luther, and John. And what I thought was one of the most interesting remarks - a student wrote on his paper that Eve was made out of an apple.”
God is clear that knowledge of His word should be humanity’s priority. From His word comes the wisdom to successfully navigate the stormy seas of life on earth and arrive at the proper destination at the end of this earthly voyage. Such wisdom, being the exclusive preserve of the word of God, is to be prized above our earthly possessions, says Proverbs. Whatever we may own, we must have this wisdom. It is not an optional extra. The education of our youth is not complete without the acquisition of spiritual wisdom. And with the Bible everywhere today, it has never been easier to release Eve from the apple, restore Luke to his rightful place, disentangle Sodom and Gomorrah, and point out that humanity’s love of money, a built-in focus of much education today, is indeed a root of all sorts of evil.
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Prayer Dear Father help our schools to recover Your word in Christ’s name, Amen