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LESSONS FROM BACON

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Oh, the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! (Romans 11:33a, NKJV)

It was a normal day, just like any other days, but today I asked myself, “How can I explore the surface of the unfathomable wisdom and knowledge of God?” I used the advice I gleaned from Francis Bacon, a 16th century scientist, statesman, and author. He asserted, “Reading makes a full man, writing makes an exact man, and speaking makes a ready man.” This wisdom I applied in my engineering career by (1) reading as many technical journals and textbooks s as I could, (2) by writing many reports and managing technical proposals as I could, and (3) by giving many presentations using Toastmaster public speaking techniques and having many diverse conversations with colleagues, and friends.

To learn the wisdom of God from the Bible required similar methods. Under the guidance of Pastor Ken Hornok, I listened to sermons, did in-depth Bible study, consulted concordances and Bible dictionaries, learned a few words from Greek and Hebrew, scanned and read Bible websites, and participated in Bible studies and correspondence courses. To become an exact man I prepared Sunday school outlines, articles for Christian publications, and e-books for family and friends. To become a ready man I taught Sunday school and Awana youth groups, and also gave discipleship lessons at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake.

 Reading, writing, speaking—these are tools.

Applying Bacon’s rules to Bible jewels

Can help us grow and learn God’s Word.

Bible truth will then be heard.

 Lessons from Bacon can help us gain God’s wisdom.

  •  What steps can you take to explore God’s wisdom by becoming a full man, an exact man, and a ready man?