“You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall (Psalm 18:28, 29).”
My younger kids went back to school today after a good summer break. I’m happy for me, because it’s quiet around here. But more than that, I am happy for them because they have the opportunity to learn at a good school. Learning is one of my top values. I just love to research things of interest to me. I think everyone in my family likes to learn, depending on the subject. For example, my wife is currently looking at studying massage therapy. (I was her guinea pig this morning!) My oldest son has a passion for flying and his older sister likes music and fashion.
Learning involves taking our heads out of the dark sand and becoming aware of what is important in our lives. When it comes to some issues, though, we have thick heads. (I am not excluding myself when it comes to being dull about some things. Just ask my wife!) Our society currently seems to be mainly immersed in learning about pop culture and things that don’t matter. We have wrong priorities.
Take the issue of money. The Bible, the main source of learning about God’s priorities, has a lot to say on the subject, but some of us tend to ignore it. For example, in Luke 16 Jesus says we should use money to help people, not to make ourselves comfortable. Even godless businessmen use money to help people, he says, because they know helping people is good business. According to Jesus, ignoring the poor and using money selfishly in this life is good evidence of where we will spend eternity. He tells the story of a rich man who himself lived in luxury, but who ignored a poor beggar. In eternity, the roles are switched. The rich man is suffering while the beggar is comforted. In this life many people with money think it protects them, that it is an “unscalable wall” (Proverbs 18:11), so they hold on to it with all their might. But God thinks, “what good is money in the hands of these fools since they don’t desire to learn how I want it used” (Proverbs 17).
As believers in Jesus Christ, we ought to take our focus off of what pop culture and society say is important, and live by the light of God’s Word. If we learn to live according to God’s priorities we’ll be amazed at the results, here and in eternity.