School is about to open in many schools. Some have actually opened already. The Covid-19 pandemic has also changed the schedule of the School Year which usually starts on June each year.
What are some of the lessons that the Bible can teach us about learning? Let us learn from some verses from the book of Proverbs.
First, it is important to rightly train children as early as possible.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” This verse emphasizes the importance of educating children. It also tells us that parents need to invest time in teaching their children on what is right and wrong.
Second, inculcating the truth that there is God should be part of the curriculum.
Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” This means that everything starts with God. If anything is from God, then we should teach our children that there is God.
If people will not acknowledge the presence of God, then the result will be foolishness. Having a perspective that a creative God has created everything will certainly lead us into a realization that everything around us has been created for a purpose.
Third, learning should never stop.
Proverbs 18:15 says, “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” This verse reminds us that if we have a discerning heart, we will surely seek more knowledge so that we can learn more.
Proverbs 9:9 also tells us about the wise seeking more wisdom — “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”
So, as we start the school year, let us learn from the Proverbs, and help spread the wisdom of the Word of God.
May God bless us all!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications
Central Philippine University