I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11
Experiences in life teach us lessons. Some are good and some are bad, but the end result is that we learn. If we aren’t learning in life, we aren’t truly living.
In learning, we go through the process of having not known to knowing something. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not a static process. It’s very much active. We take in information and we deal with that information and hopefully our actions are effected by what we’ve learned.
Paul said in Phil: 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Paul learned. He didn’t know before but he knew now the secret of being content. He went through the process of having to take in life’s experiences and deal with the consequences of not knowing which brought about perhaps lack of peace. Anxiousness. Pride, and so much more that we feel when we have misplaced our identity in something other than Christ.
But he learned. He experienced the taste of God’s goodness regardless his situation. He experienced God’s faithfulness to him. He experienced God’s grace when He didn’t have and God’s mercy when he did have.
Paul learned. And he beckons us to learn. We need not be impatient with ourselves. Keep experiencing God’s goodness and let it teach you that He loves you. He desires you. He forgives you. He calls you to Him.
Never stop learning.