Are You Ready For School?

O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.

PSALM 78:1-4 (NEW LIVING TRANSLATION)

 

Greetings, friend! We are so glad you’ve joined us for worship today. We pray that you will experience God’s presence and power in a mighty way as we bless and magnify His great name!

 

As the calendar turns to August, a lot of children groan as school starts back, even as their parents lift their hands to God in gratitude, right? This time of year reminds me of a grand truth: Learning never stops. If you’re in school right now, this thought may seem terrifying. If you’re a little further down the road, you probably realize that this is an unchanging principle.

 

A poll published in 2017 revealed that less than 1 in 6 adults in the USA ever read a book. EVER! Now that’s a terrifying thought! Perhaps this may explain the semi-conscious condition which so many people today exhibit. With the proliferation of social media, it is possible to allow our spiritual formation to come from sappy slogans set against decorative backgrounds, sprinkled with an emoji or two. No wonder we are confused and stuck!

 

May I ask two questions? Are you a life-long learner? Are you setting an example for your children by diligently studying God’s Word daily?

 

Asaph’s words as recorded in Psalm 78 reveal a truth that followers of Jesus need to reclaim. Spiritual truths are to be modeled and taught from one generation to the next until Jesus comes. In America, we’ve privatized faith—a tragic development that has all but erased our Christian heritage. Even the mention of the name of Jesus invites a firestorm and ignites a controversy. Millions of Americans have never heard a Gospel presentation, let alone attended a Christian worship service. In short, we are paying a steep price for failing to share “lessons from our past—stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us” (Psalm 78:2-3). So what can we do about it?

 

Parents, teach your children! Grandparents, reinforce those principles and testify of “the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders” (Psalm 78:4). Study Scripture so that you can explain the reason for your hope to others (see 1 Peter 3:15). For a child of God, the School of Wisdom is always in session. God guides us through each challenge we face. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you” (John 14:26). We can all be lifelong learners because we have the Best Teacher!

 

Consider these words from Peter’s 2nd letter to the saints in Asia Minor: “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). If his instructions worked for 1st Century followers of Jesus, they will work for you and me. As you develop your devotional life with the Lord, you will be amazed at how your time in His Word pays off. Often, in my experience, something I read in the morning will apply to a situation I deal with that day. God has promised to reward every person who earnestly seeks Him (see Jeremiah 29:13) and He keeps his promises.

 

Please pray for our children and for students who will begin school soon. They face many challenges and need prayer warriors to intercede for them. Join me as well in praying for a student-led revival in our community. We need a move of God that shakes Sand Mountain and reverberate throughout our region. May God be glorified in every home. Study God’s Word and be blessed as you follow Him with your whole heart, in Jesus name!

 

Never, Ever Forget: You Are Dearly Loved!

Pastors Glenn & Diann