“Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and find out what is pleasing to the Lord.”
The desire to obey and please the Lord is a characteristic of a heart transformed by God’s grace and regenerated by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The command to “find out what is pleasing to the Lord” is important. If we walk as children of light, we will do the work to learn and do what is pleasing to the Lord.
Note the following scriptures that teach us to trust God and do the work to learn the truth of his word.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119.9-11)
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2.15)
“I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.” (Psalm 119.15-16)
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1.8)
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2.1-5)
Here, then, is an important question. Do these scriptures describe your mindset with respect to seeking God’s truth, studying the bible, and walking in obedience to him? Are you a focused, disciplined, and passionate student of the bible?
If you aren’t, you should be.