Scripture: from verses 14 and 15
We will then no longer be infants tossed about by the waves and blown along by every wind of teaching, at the mercy of people clever in devising ways to deceive. Instead, speaking the truth in love…
Observation: It shouldn’t be a surprise that we all start as infants. It’s not human nature to discern truth instinctively; we need to be taught. The previous verses were about the structure God set in place to make sure His people got the teaching they needed – emissaries, prophets, proclaimers, shepherds and teachers. This isn’t something God takes lightly.
And it isn’t something we should take lightly either. There’s a warning in here, against being too content to be an infant, and against insisting that we can figure it out on our own, without teachers and shepherds. If we don’t seek out those who speak the truth in love, we are vulnerable to those who seek to deceive.
Application: Listen to those who speak the truth in love. Listen to people who know more than you. This isn’t confined to theology, either, given some of the medical quakery out there. It isn’t fun to listen to truth, but it’s much more rewarding than watching the equivalent of those Baby Einstein movies all day.
Prayer: Yeshua, help me to grow to full knowledge in you. Lead me to the teachers you want me to learn from, and help me to listen to them. Thank you for being Truth, and therefore reliable. Amen.