2 Timothy 3:7 – Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Solomon once wrote, “The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh” (Ecclesiastes 12:11-12). While many tired students might like the sound of this verse, there is a deeper lesson here than simply to quit studying. Wisdom is the chief thing, we must not neglect it lest we fall.
Have you ever spent hours studying only to realize that you did not get it? Worse, we sometimes find that we wasted our time on completely worthless subjects, entertainment, and pastimes. These experiences are related, at least a little, to the abject failure of those given to sin to realize the truth of God’s Word. Wisdom, knowledge in practice, is the key to a successful life by any measure. However, while knowledge may be found in books or in experiences, wisdom cannot be assumed. Many have years of learning and little wisdom.
The Apostle John wrote, “He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:10-11). Even still for the believer, sin leads to darkness. Sin blinds the eyes and clouds the mind. We as well as others suffer from the effects of our sin. There is no such thing as a personal sin. However, it is God’s holiness that is attacked when we rebel against His command. When we sin we presume upon the grace of God.
Paul put it this way to his student, Titus, “we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour” (Titus 3:3-6). We can take no credit for the godly wisdom we have as it came from God. Praise God for salvation not only from death but from foolishness. May God bless that we never return to the darkness.