My father belonged to a generation of students who left school at the age of 14. Five years later he joined the RAF to serve his country throughout WW2. During the war, this atheistic young man was gloriously converted and left the military determined to serve Yahweh. The RAF wanted to send him to theological college, encouraging him to become an RAF chaplain. Dad told me Yahweh wouldn’t let him do that, nor would He ‘allow’ him to read any books except the Bible for many years. Dad worked fulltime to support his family, so I have childhood memories of creeping into the front room to say goodnight, always finding him on his knees with an open Bible before him. He had a passion for truth and longed to know all the Bible could teach him. He found Yahshua, through the Holy Spirit, to be an incredible Teacher.
Reflecting on Yahshua’s qualities as a Teacher, Charles Spurgeon wrote that He “…differs from all other teachers; they reach the ear, but He instructs the heart; they deal with the outward letter, but He imparts an inward taste for the truth by which we perceive its savour and spirit.” I saw the reality of this in my own home. Dad was always conscious of the brevity of his formal education, always conscious he had no conventional college training, yet he was a scholar of great spiritual perception, a preacher who brought revelation and understanding to thousands. His qualifications were grounded in the hours he spent with his Master.
Sometimes Yahweh allows us to go along the path of formal education, sometimes this is denied us. Life can take unexpected twists and turns; we may find ourselves distanced from our dreams and ambitions. Yahweh chooses whom He does because He wants exactly who we are. He wants to impart to each of us a ‘taste for truth’ which will turn us to His Word and teach us to see the invisible, believe the impossible, live the extraordinary! He wants to unfold the mysteries of His Kingdom and show us His ways. It starts with the Bible!
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