My son thanked the Lord during dinner for His provision and that we could just go to the store and not have to toil in the fields...I was taken back .We are in a "I want it now" world, where we don't have to wait, or put forth much effort, to obtain things. Most everything we do, as a culture is rushed.  We text, Facebook, e-mail, cram for exams, use express check-out and eat microwaved food. We drive all over creation getting and doing things, that are supposed to ADD to our lives, but leave us frazzled, tired and longing for down time with people we love, or in a secluded get-a-way. intentional living

Two things we cannot obtain in a quick, "down-the-hatch" manner, are knowledge and wisdom.  If we want to TRULY secure knowledge and wisdom...we must study.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15)

Study...not cram, read over,

What does it mean to study?

In this verse, the greek word is spoo-dad'-zo, which means "to use speed, that is, to make effort, be prompt or earnest: - do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavour, labour, study."

Websters defines Study as:

1. Literally, a setting of the mind or thoughts upon a subject; hence, application of mind of books, to arts or science, or to any subject, for the purpose of learning what is not before known. 2. Attention; meditation; contrivance. 3. Any particular branch of learning that is studied. Let your studies be directed by some learned and judicious friend. 4. Subject of attention.

You see, if we truly want to obtain knowledge and wisdom...we MUST put forth the effort.  To TRULY understand scripture, or any subject for that matter, we must put forth effort. We must take the time to delve into what we want to obtain wisdom or knowledge about...whether it is the Bible, a school subject, a trade, a sport, or even our spouse and children.

I have been studying a specific book in the Bible these past couple of weeks; taking apart each verse, looking up the original Greek words, praying through my interpretation, comparing translations and challenging my former teachings about the meaning of these passages.  I have learned so much.  I have pondered in my heart and I have wrestled with the meaning.  I am thankful that I can do this.  I am thankful to have the ability to STUDY... to dig in and learn what the Lord has to say on my own...without commentary...without someone else's voice ringing in my ears about what I should or shouldn't believe. We are truly blessed to live in a time and place where there is freedom and opportunity to study scripture for ourselves.

I have also taken time to study my children...who they are, what moves them, what changes in their personalities have occured over the years as they have matured. I am, in studying them, learning how to better instruct them in life, school, spiritual matters and I am learning much about myself.

I challenge you to learn to STUDY.  To take the extra time to really put effort into obtaining knowledge and wisdom. You will find it is very rewarding!