How to Become a Scholar in God’s School

Is there a person in your life whom you esteem as a scholar in God’s School?

Someone who seems to have unique access to God, supreme wisdom in every circumstance, and an uncanny ability to weave God’s truth into each conversation?

I know several of these scholars, and their depth of knowledge is…quite frankly…a bit intimidating.

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

I too want to be a godly scholar, but HOW can I do this when it all seems so unattainable, unreachable, unachievable.

 

I’m afraid I’ve been affected with an acute case of Spiritual Inferiority Complex.

 

Elanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Well, dadgummit!

I’m going to find that consent form and rip it up right this minute (and you should too!).

 

 

But, is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God’s school?

Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.”

Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God.

 

Well, that’s not so big and scary, is it?

 

It still seems a bit nondescript to me, though.  How long is a “long time”? And would you please clarify what you mean by “a lot”?

Maybe, if we take this whole idea of God’s school one step further, it will illuminiate exactly what we need to do to attain scholarship.

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

If God truly did have a school here on earth, I wonder if it wouldn’t look a little something like this…

God’s school offers open enrollment —the class size is unlimited.

Students need not possess a great deal of intelligence, nor have extraordinary financial means.

Age, gender, and race carry no weight in the enrollment process.

All that is required for admittance is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and an unquenchable thirst for the things of God.

 

 

The Student’s Code of Conduct Book contains two simple rules:

#1 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

#2 – Love your neighbor as yourself.

The school has three staff positions, all filled by the same person.

Administrator: God the Father
Teacher: Jesus Christ
Counselor: The Holy Spirit

There is just one textbook, divided into 66 unique and individual sections.

 

All students are required to learn their ABC’s — or the Saint’s Alphabet — contained in Psalm 119.

 

Psalm 119 is divided into 22 sections (one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet), with 8 verses assigned to each.

In the original Hebrew language, each of these 8 verses begins with the corresponding letter.

How cool is it that God put his own ABC’s in the Bible?  Seriously COOL!

The unifying purpose of the 176 stanza’s of this acrostic poem is to magnify God’s law as honorable, useful, and fundamental for all Christians.

 

 

The teacher in God’s school often reminds his students that “we cannot keep God’s commands unless we learn them but we learn them in vain if we do not keep them.”

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

Sounds like a pretty great school to me!

Did you know that the Bible contained its own unique version of the ABC’s?

If so, then you are well ahead of me on your scholarly journey.

Up until a week ago, I had no clue what those headings in Psalm 119 meant.

They just looked like gibberish to me.

I’ve been asking the Lord to give me direction in my life and ministry, and would you believe that he lead me directly to the ABC’s in Psalm 119?

 

Of course He wants me to start with the ABC’s.

 

It’s only logical!

But this  alphabet differs from the one I learned in my earthly schooling.

This is God’s alphabet.

Charles Spurgeon describes Psalm 119 in these words, “This sacred ode is a little Bible, the Scriptures condensed, a mass of Bibline, Holy Writ rewritten in holy emotions and actions. Blessed are they who can read and understand these saintly aphorisms.”

 

 

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

The part that gets me, the concept I can’t seem to wrap my brain around is this…

The author of this Psalm had such limited access to scripture (think the first 5 books of the Bible).

Yet, how deeply he esteemed it!

I have unlimited access to the completed volume of  God’s Word.

Yet, how little I esteem it!

I am ashamed to admit that I struggle to carve out time to regularly study my Bible.

If God literally had a school here on earth, and I was His student…my report card would be full of tardies, absences, and mediocre grades.


Maybe, this is why I am lagging behind in my studies.
Maybe, this is why I’ve not yet become a scholar.
Maybe, this is why I suffer from a Spiritual Inferiority Complex.


 

God’s law is there to protect and guide us, to teach us the way of righteousness, to prevent us from straying off course.

 

Yet we will never experience the benefits unless set aside time to diligently study and apply the truths of the Bible.

The ABC’s of Psalm 119 taught me that.

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

Think back on that person you esteem as a scholar.

Do you think they were born with some supernatural depth of knowledge?

Or, do you think they have spent years (decades) of their life studying and applying God’s Word to their lives?

I’ll give you a hint…they weren’t born with it.

 

 

Even if it takes me “a long time” to get to the place where I “know a lot” about God’s Law….I’ve decided to start where I am.

So, the big question is…do you wanna carpool?

God’s School is open for enrollment.
Jesus Christ paid your tuition.
Start with the ABC’s of Psalm 119.
We can do this, together!

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10 ESV

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This article was inspired by Suzie Eller’s #livefreeThursday prompt {Start Where You Are}.

Sarah Koontz

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  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

28 thoughts on “How to Become a Scholar in God’s School

  1. I love this! Winsome and full of truth! One of my favorite combinations. My report card would be full of tardies, absences, and mediocre grades, too. But I will keep being a student and I think that’s what matters. Thanks for this, Sarah!

    1. You are right, Deb. So long as we “stay in school” we will eventually gain the education we require. You are the second person in a week to describe my writing as winsome. I just googled the definition….and I like this whole idea of being a winsome writer. 😉 Hugs to you!

  2. Thanks for stopping by earlier Sarah. I love your application here of Psalm 119. It is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. Verses 67,71,75 especially since the stroke but there are so many! Thank you for the wise words you share here today. I will be sharing the knowledge my friend! There is nothing better to study intently than the truths in God’s word. Colossians 1:10 is the “mission verse” of my blog and life going forward. May we always have a strong desire to continue increasing in the knowledge of God. Thank you for the inspiration this morning. Have a fantastic week and may God richly bless you and yours!

    1. Horace, Psalm 119:67 is your testimony all wrapped up in one stanza. How beautiful! May we always have a strong desire to continue increasing in the knowledge of God. Yes! Nail…hammer…you hit it right on the head.

  3. What a cute, creative, and clever post, Sarah!
    I like this one!
    Love Psalm 119 as well.
    And, isn’t it sweet how we can become scholars if we will just take the time to dig into the Word!

    1. That is exactly what God has revealed to me this past week, Melanie. A few days ago, I was thinking about one of the scholars I mentioned in the piece (we call her the Prayer Genie, because she is the person you want in your corner when life gets tough) and feeling a bit envious about her totally amazing connection to God. But then, the Holy Spirit convicted me. She earned that access through diligent study and a life of sacrifice. God does not withhold himself from us! But He does ask us to follow His precepts and walk in His ways. She’s been doing it for a lifetime, and I feel like I’m just getting started. But that is the only difference between the two of us. Life-changing truth right there!

  4. Wow Sarah, this is so wonderful! I have always loved the flow of your writing as well as the message you pack with it. This message hits home for me in so many ways. I’m so grateful God put it on your heart to share with us. Bless you sweet friend!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Laura. I’ve been thinking about you this week. I wish we had gotten over to see you this summer, maybe we can make something happen before the weather turns (although school starts next week). Let’s connect soon, I need an update on all things writing, sheep, and family.

  5. Sarah, I just love this post! You make it all so simple. We tend to make everything so complicated, but God has given us a book, the Word, and a teacher, the Holy Spirit! Just love this.

    1. Betsy, your words about simplicity are a blessing to me. I have always felt like I over-complicate matters, so it’s nice to know that my writing is clear and concise in this piece. I was so inspired when I discovered that Psalm 119 contained its own ABC’s and I can’t wait to continue to dig into the truth of this beautiful chapter of scripture.

  6. I love the ABC’s of Psalm 119! I have found that when that feeling of being inferior comes around….I have not been in God’s Word like I should have been. Great reminder today of how to become a scholar in God’s School.

  7. It doesn’t take much to enroll, just a bit of time and an open heart. Soon the hunger for the word will grow and you will find that the little bit that was always sufficient before simply doesn’t satisfy anymore. I’m not a scholar….but some friends would probably say I’m close. I’m more like the student who just learned to read and is gobbling it up as quickly and as much as I can because we all know the time is short. And naturally in our social media society, I feel the need to share what I learn as I learn, imperfectly but with a heart that desires to get it right.

  8. Yes please, I’ll carpool! Thanks so much for this poignant reminder to be a student of God’s Word. We have SO MANY resources at our disposal… and so many excuses to not use them! Great post—thanks for sharing. I’m your neighbour at #MomentsofHope 🙂

  9. He there dear friend:-) we’re neighbors over at Journeys in Grace:-). Loved this article that was packed full of wisdom! You always inspire me to know my creator better and i love you for that.

    PS.. can I be in your carpool? 😉

    1. I drive a minivan, Shannon. So there’s always room. I’m grateful to know that my words inspire you to dig into God’s words, otherwise it would all be in vain, wouldn’t it?

  10. I think we all get a case of Spiritual Inferiority Complex from time to time! I have found in my own journey that reading the Bible and taking advantage of the resources God has given me is the key to spiritual growth. Thanks for this encouragement and wisdom!

  11. Awesome post, Sarah! My report card would be filled with those same tardies and absences! I’m so glad there is just as much grace in God’s school as there is in His love 🙂
    Blessings, my friend!
    Lori

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