In Hosea the Lord said His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (4:6). In Romans, Paul said faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the words of Christ (10:17). In 2 Peter, Peter said the saints are to grow in knowledge, that is, knowledge of God’s word. In 2 Corinthians, Paul wrote one does not walk by sight, but by faith (by God’s word). In each of these passages we learn those who love the Lord are people/saints who know the Lord’s will. They don’t find reasons to not read, but instead make opportunities to read and learn. No doubt, it is beyond disappointing for the Lord to see those who say they belong to Him fail in desiring to gain understanding of His will. Why would anyone operate in this way? 1) they don’t like to read, 2) so many activity involvements, 3) not really redeemed, but Christian in name only. It’s not their lack of knowledge, but their lack of effort and even desire to gain knowledge. When these people are put in stressful situations, they fail the Lord and themselves because they took no time to hear the Lord by reading His word, thus learning what can be and needs to be done. Will the Lord hear them when they call out? “Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord” (Proverbs 1:28-29, KJV). There is a correlation between this failure to learn and the exhortations from the Lord when He said many are called, but few are chosen AND why call me Lord when you do not hear me (Luke 6:46). RT
A teacher comes into the classroom and sees one of her student’s discouragement on his face. She knows he has been struggling in keeping up with classroom work, but to this point he has sought no help from her or any of the other teachers. She comes in and walks over to the student and sits down beside him and begins to speak. She learns from him that he hates school, others make fun of him, life at home is miserable and that he can’t do anything right. She tries to encourage him, letting him know that she is available if he wants to talk. He is reassured, but she reads his face and sees that he is not interested in sharing his problem with her. Finally, at this point, she becomes a little more plain-spoken and says, “You can’t hardly improve your grades in school with the effort you put forth. You have not come to me seeking any kind of help; instead, you have tried to go it alone. When I did offer you some help, you ran away. You did not want to address the difficulties that you have placed yourself in. With such a counsel that you give yourself there is no chance for you to improve your grades or your life like you want! If you want a difference in your life to begin, start with where you are at and resolve to persevere through the hard times that will surely come. If you want it bad enough, then you will do what it takes to get to the point you want to be.”
Teachers need to take their own counsel as they offer counsel to the youth.
A preacher looks at the congregation and sees exactly this among many of the members. Lest the preacher be excused, he needs to take his own counsel also. RT