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Knowing from Whom You Have Learned Them

December 10, 2019


Knowing from Whom You Have Learned Them

Probably  without realizing it,  my Grandmother taught me  a lot.      When I was a preschooler,  she babysat me  quite a number of times.      As she became blind  in her old age,  I saw her marvelous patience  and ability  to cope  with difficult situations,  like sewing on a missing button  and even finding a good match  by feeling through  her button collection.      The biggest reason I loved her  was how she could make me  settle down  by letting me  look through the big family Bible  that was filled with pictures.      I would have to tell her  what was in the picture  and she would tell me  the story  of that picture.

It was through her kind  and patient ways  that I first learned  God’s ways.      I will always appreciate  how she taught me  reverence  in handling God’s word.      I learned  to turn the pages carefully  because it was God’s book  for us,  to look thoughtfully  at the pictures  and note  what message the artist depicted,  and then relay  to Grandma  what I saw  so that she could tell me  the story  and tell me  what else to look for  in that picture.      There was a lesson  to be noted  in many details.

All that  makes me think  of what Paul wrote  to Timothy,  in  2 Timothy 3:14-17,

You,  however,  continue in the things  you have learned  and become convinced of,  knowing  from whom  you have learned them;  and that  from childhood  you have known  the sacred writings  which are able  to give you  the wisdom  that leads  to salvation  through faith  which is in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is inspired  by God  and profitable  for teaching,  for reproof,  for correction,  for training in righteousness;  that the man of God  may be adequate,  equipped for every good work.

As Grandma emphasized  that I was holding God’s word,  I learned  to accept its teachings  of reproof,  correction,  and training in righteousness  as coming  straight from God.      Grandma’s reverence  taught reverence.      Her faith  in “the wisdom  that leads to salvation  through faith  which is in Christ Jesus”  led my faith  and surety  to grow.

No matter what our age  or what kind of background  we come from,  God’s word  is fully able  to give us  “the wisdom  that leads to salvation  through faith  which is in Christ Jesus.”      If we look only to people  for strength  and knowledge  about salvation,  it is very possible  to get on the wrong track.      We need to learn God’s word  directly from Him  by opening up our Bible  and prayerfully studying it.

As we abide  in God’s word,  He will train us  in righteousness,  and make us adequate  for  every good work.      Since “all Scripture  is inspired  by God”,  it is God  teaching us.      As our Creator and Redeemer,  He knows  how to teach us  through His word  and through life’s experiences.      May we always  be good learners,  abiding in His love.

As we become convinced  of God’s love  for us  through His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  Your word  is eternally true.      Strengthen and keep us  in Your truth.”




A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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