But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? —Job 28:11
In our study of gaining an education, we have looked at many of the immaterial tools for having knowledge and wisdom that is centered on truth in Christ. This month I would like us all to think about finding a material tool—a place for study. Jesus modeled this for us in his walk as he would flee the multitudes for time alone and in prayer. And we talked last month about silence and solitude for gaining wisdom. But there needs to be a place to flee and to habitually be alone in study.
Habakkuk 2:1 says “I will climb into my watchtower…to see what he will say to me.” So, where is your watch tower? Where is your place to retreat into thought and study?
I have a few favorite spots. I have a chair that sits by the window in my office where I often get alone in my thoughts. But this isn’t the optimum place for me as it is still too close to the distractions of my life. My favorite places are outside. When the seasons are right here in central Virginia, I will sit on my front porch rocking chair or in our screened porch behind the house overlooking the mountains. In these places I contemplate the goal of my studies and what God lays on my heart to share with my students and colleagues. It’s where I meditate for wisdom in writing these thoughts on learning.
I encourage all of you to share with each other your place of study.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. —Matthew 6:6
Dr. Beth Ackerman is the Associate Dean, School of Education, at Liberty University
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