Yesterday, as I was reading a devotional my mother in law gave me a while ago, I was touched by a particular verse. I have promised myself that I will memorize it and imprint it in my heart. I prayed it back to God, because I want this to be true in my life.

It’s found in the “teth*” section of Psalm 119:

v66. Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
for I believe in your commands.

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But in fact, the whole section is amazing. vs. 65-72.

v.77. It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.

Sometimes it seems that is the only way we learn. We have to hit rock bottom to realize our rock is Jesus Christ.


“Most people feel anything but spiritual when they hit bottom. Their misery is often reinforced by Christians who take a very shortsighted view of what the sufferer is going through, and why. But our heavenly Father is well-pleased with what He intends to bring out of such a painful process.

A person who knows the secret of the God-dependent life can say, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.”
-Joanie Yoder
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I want that to be my prayer for as long as I live. Teach me knowledge, Lord and good judgement. For I believe in your commands. There are so many verses in the Bible that talk about learning and knowing the Word of God. Why is it that so many Christians will be satisfied just taking in the “fast-food” verses and knowledge of His word? They say they don’t want to think about things too much. Of course you should! God gave us all brains- he wants us to use them! And how are we to go out and make disciples if we don’t know what we’re talking about?

I think we have much to learn from the early church. They studied and studied the Word until they knew it inside-out. And even then there was always more to learn. When you think about all the passages they knew by heart and all the signs they were given about the Christ, it’s a wonder that more of them didn’t believe that Jesus among them was their (and our) Messiah. Even when you have the knowledge, if you refuse to see what God is trying to show you it’s worthless. That’s why I pray for knowledge and good judgement. That I could discern what is from God and what isn’t.

I ordered a book at my women’s bible study called Christianity is Jewish by Edith Schaffer. I can’t wait to read it. I know I’ll be learning a wealth of information and I’ll be referencing it throughout the rest of my life.

I would also like to get this bible at some point. It would be really awesome to read things as they happened throughout the old testament. I’m sure it makes sense out of a lot of things.

I’m sticking to this devotional until I finish it. I desperately need to learn more.

* Is this the equivalent of the letter ‘I’ in our alphabet? I saw the sections were labeled “Aleph, Beth, Gimel, Daleth, He…” Sounds like an alphabet. I really want to learn some Hebrew!