LEARN WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JULY 26, 2023

TOPIC: LEARN WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

BY T. O. BANSO

“King David said to all the Israelites who were gathered, ‘God chose my son Solomon, who is young and hasn’t yet learned what he needs to know, but the work is important’” (1 Chronicles 29:1a New Century Version).

Some people’s desire to show what they know is the reason they have not learnt what they need to know. I know someone like that. This is probably responsible for where he is today. Try to talk with him, and he is going to lecture you!

Wise people are eager to know more than they are quick to let others know what they know. Proverbs 10:14 says, “Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction” (New King James Version). In the church, school, workplace, or even at home, do you seek to know more or do you try to impress people that you know?

David had the privilege of presenting his successor, Solomon, his son, to the Israelites before he died. He addressed the people and spoke about Solomon in relation to the major project before him on his ascension to the throne. This was the building of the Temple. “King David said to all the Israelites who were gathered, ‘God chose my son Solomon, who is young and hasn’t yet learned what he needs to know, but the work is important’” (1 Chronicles 29:1a New Century Version).

Please take note of how David described Solomon. He said he was “young and hasn’t yet learned what he needs to know.” In other words, he was young and inexperienced, as some translations put it. The New King James Version says, “Furthermore King David said to all the assembly: ‘My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced; and the work is great’” (1 Chronicles 29:1a). God didn’t choose Solomon because he knew what he needed to know or was old and experienced. It was left for Solomon to learn thereafter what he needed to know.

Nobody knows everything. But to get to a certain level or get some things done, we must know certain things. A wise person will identify what he doesn’t know, not pretend that he knows. After identifying what he needs to learn, he will pursue how to learn it. What you don’t know, you don’t know! David knew his son had not yet learnt what he needed to know. He was young and inexperienced.

No wonder, when Solomon had a dream after he had offered a thousand burnt offerings to the LORD at Gibeon, and He told him to ask for anything he wanted, Solomon knew what he needed. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:7-9 New King James Version).

Solomon’s speech pleased the LORD. He gave him a wise and understanding heart such as no one else had had or ever would have. He also gave him what he didn’t ask for (riches and honour) so that there would not be anyone like him among the kings all his days.

Nobody knows everything but have you learnt what you need to know by now? In a way, life is a school, how much are you learning daily? Or do you only go about trying to impress people with what you know?  Proverbs 18:15, in the Good News Translation, says, Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.”

What have you learnt of late in the church, school, home, or workplace? In your chosen career or field, are you learning new things? There is so much knowledge everywhere. Are you learning what you need to know? Your progress or success will depend largely on this. This is important. Those who get wisdom do themselves a favor, and those who love learning will succeed” (Proverbs 19:8 New Century Version).

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, sought to learn what he didn’t know. He came to Jesus by night. He had not even asked a specific question but had only given a preamble when Jesus told him his greatest need: he must be born again. He didn’t know what it meant, and Jesus explained this to him (John 3). He later became a secret disciple of Jesus who spoke up in His defence after a failed attempt to arrest Jesus; he, together with Joseph of Arimathea, gave Him a decent burial (John 7:50-51; 19:38-40).

Luke 18:18 says, “Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, ‘Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’” (New King James Version). This man wanted to learn what he didn’t know. Unfortunately, when Jesus told him what he must do, he went away in sorrow. He wasn’t ready to do it.

Learning what you need to know will cost you something. It may cost you time, money, humility, and so on. The Queen of Sheba left her country for Jerusalem in Israel to test Solomon with hard questions and discuss with him. Jesus said she came from a distant land to hear Solomon’s wisdom (Luke 11:31). She had heard so much but she decided to come personally to find out Solomon’s fame and wisdom. The original story is in 1 Kings 10.

To learn what you need to know, you also need to associate with those who already know it. The Queen of Sheba associated with a wise king, Solomon, to contact wisdom. Fools hate knowledge (Proverbs 1:22). Don’t associate with fools. He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20 New King James Version).

Reading good books, especially the Bible and Bible-based books, is also important. Study the Bible every day to learn from the Holy Spirit what He wants to teach you, even from passages you have read many times in the past. The Holy Spirit will give you new insights and show you what you have not seen before.

Charles Spurgeon said, “The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. Brethren, what is true of ministers is true of all our people. You need to read.”

The Ethiopian Eunuch was a reader and he eventually found help to learn what he needed to know. Acts 8:30-31 says, Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’  The man replied, How can I, unless someone instructs me?’ And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him” (New Living Translation). Phillip went ahead to explain to him and, eventually, the man was born again and baptized in water.

Also, you learn through correction. Don’t hate correction. “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid” (Proverbs 12:1 New King James Version).

Whatever you learn is unfruitful unless you apply it. Put to practice what you learn. It helps you to master it and become a blessing to others. “Wisdom is, I suppose, the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the more fools for what they know. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom” (Charles Spurgeon).

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS:  Father, show me what I need to learn and help me to learn what I need to know. Help me to gain useful experience. Make me teachable, O Lord. I will love knowledge; I won’t hate correction. Holy Spirit, teach me Yourself and help me to humble myself to learn from others. I will associate with the wise men, not with fools in Jesus’ name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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