No matter how much someone dislikes school or studying, almost everyone would admit that learning new things and making fresh discoveries can be very satisfying. If we completely stopped learning and were never surprised by new things around us, life would be extremely boring.
There is a feeling of accomplishment after figuring out how to access all the features on your smartphone. It might take exhausting hours of homework, but when you ace a final exam, it’s worth every minute. Staying current with the latest updates relevant to your job keeps it interesting. What’s more, with the internet at our fingertips, access to unlimited information has never been easier. Lifelong learning is a vital part of a fulfilling life.
Still, earthly wisdom has definite limits. Solomon wrote, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body” (Eccl. 12:12). In other words, human wisdom cannot provide lasting, eternal meaning. Those who look for the purpose of life in philosophy, science, or the arts will end up weary and disillusioned. Human beings don’t have the answers to the questions of where we came from, why we’re here, and where we are going. While all people have a natural knowledge of God, they don’t know who the true God is and how to be at peace with Him.
That is why Solomon also wrote, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” (Eccl. 12:1). The psalm writer prayed, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Ps. 119:18). Peter urges, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
What is most important for life now and for eternity is available for all in the Word. We don’t have to go looking for God. He graciously comes to us. Paul says, “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:8-9).
May the Lord bless your day with true wisdom and new appreciation for His holy Word as you read it, meditate upon it, and live in it!
Yours in Christ,
Tomorrow is Education Sunday. Services are at 8:00 and10:45 a.m. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. Prof. Mark Weis from Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary will be our guest speaker. A special presentation is planned for 9:30 a.m. (No Sunday school or adult Bible class).
Masks, social distancing, and other restrictions are no longer required. Holy Communion will be served in our customary manner at the altar.
From the choir director: Those who have previously sung in choir, currently sing in choir, or are interested in singing in the future are invited to a dessert open house at 3600 River Valley Rd., Waukesha, WI 53189 on Sunday, June 13, from 2-6 p.m. Over the summer the choir will not meet as a full group, but several small group pieces will be planned. If you would like to participate, please indicate your availability using the survey link: https://doodle.com/poll/
e2bx3pfcsdnugxcv?utm_source= poll. Please note the weekends you will be at Messiah and would be willing/able to sing. Practice times will be set to accommodate the schedules of the individual small groups, so don’t be deterred if Monday evenings were an obstacle for you!