All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. 2 Timothy 3:16
A couple months ago someone told me I was wise beyond my years. She went on to ask me how old I was and at my answer she responded, “You hold your age well. You’re older than I thought.” So then I thought while this makes me look decent for my age, I’m now not so wise. I suppose since I was given my first administration position as a principal at age 24 and since I can’t seem to find my way out of administration, others have thought me wise. But it wasn’t until the past couple years that I realized how poorly I was utilizing this apparent gift.
If you recall some of my thoughts at the beginning of the year, I expressed my time in silence and meditation this year for gaining wisdom. Throughout the year of these experiences, I’ve had some amazing communication with the Holy Spirit. Though I would not have believed it had I not experienced it, I very humbly heard from God.
In all my human striving, anxiety to make right decisions, to want others to “see” things, one of the things I heard from God was this: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6, NKJV). Though I have attempted to utilize Scripture to teach, rebuke, correct, and train myself as well as others; I had not surrendered the real work to the Spirit.
The Scripture is “useful”, but we also need to rest in the Holy Spirit and listen. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV)
Dr. Beth Ackerman is the Associate Dean, School of Education, at Liberty University.