Book: Proverbs 23
“Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.”
I am not a born reader but several years ago I challenged myself to read one new book a week for a year. I had heard somewhere that if you wanted to be an expert in a field read 25 books in that area. I chose the books based on four general topics as I felt I needed variety in my reading and wanted to learn more in each of the areas. I have to admit that I did not succeed in reaching my goal but I did read 30 plus books. The next year I decided to try it again and this time read 40 plus books. Finally, my third year of attempting to read one new book a week I was successful hitting just under 60. My knowledge of those subjects increased substantially. (Since then I have read books but not come anywhere near those numbers.)
Reading 52 books does not have any value if it does not provide useful truth and information for one’s life. God has given each person the ability to learn and desires them to carefully gain knowledge. This knowledge is His wisdom and His information that will guide, direct and help in one’s life. Learning should always focus the learner back on God the source of all life.
To get started on learning there must first be a commitment to it. Without commitment, one’s desire to learn about a subject is just a dream. The second step is to find out where to gain the knowledge desired (books, seminars, webinars, courses, conferences, etc) and choose one. The third step is to implement step two, apply the knowledge.
What area(s) do you believe God wants you to get instruction in? What will you do about it today?