“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.”
Learning is the key to knowledge and wisdom. The degree to which you excel in life will be determined by how well you learn. One of the things that determines a person’s usefulness is their ability to learn. When someone soaks up knowledge and wisdom, the ability to teach them is limitless. In verses 9-13, you will find some of the things necessary to be able to learn. Let me share with you these characteristics of learning.
First, you will never learn without a desire to learn. The verse above says, “Whom shall he teach knowledge?…” One of the greatest abilities in life is the ability to keep your desire to learn. Never lose the desire to learn. Make every day a quest to learn something you previously didn’t learn. Every person is a potential teacher to teach you something you didn’t learn. Every situation is a potential lesson to teach you something you need to learn. The key is having a desire to learn. You will never learn from people or daily situations without a desire to learn.
Second, you will never learn without repetition. Verse 10 says, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept…” Notice the repetition in this verse. God is teaching the importance of repetition in learning. The student must never be weary with the repetition of the teacher because it is through repetition that you learn. The teacher must never stray from repetition because repetition is where you give your students the principles they will never forget throughout life. Repetition is the key to learning, and without it you will never teach or learn.
Third, you will never learn without principle. Principles are application. The precepts in verse 10 are the applications the teacher uses to teach. You must have a desire to make a science of everything you do so that you can learn what causes the good and the bad. The Scriptures are filled with principles that break down what you should and should not do. Sometimes the teaching of principles are not exciting, but they are vital so that you gain the understanding to be able to teach others what you know.
Fourth, you will never learn without patience. Verse 10 continues to say, “…here a little, and there a little:” You will never learn if you give up too quickly. Many people are too impatient to learn, and that is why they never learn. Learning takes patience because learning takes time. Don’t be the type of person who gives up on learning because you haven’t learned the truth quickly. Learning takes patience because you can’t handle everything at one time. Just like the piano student must go through progressions to learning to play the piano before they can play the concert recital, so must the student be patient in learning so that they can grow into the ability to retain the knowledge and wisdom being taught.
Fifth, you will never learn without a right perspective of truth. Verse 13 says, “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept…” The foundation of all precepts is the Word of God. My friend, you will never gain the wisdom and understanding you need for life without spending time in God’s Word. God’s Word has a way of making the mind fertile ground to learn. If you want to be a learner for the rest of your life, you must first be a student of God’s Word.