“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4
We learn many things in life through many ways. Most of us learn by experience and some of us by obeying the right person. A child sees hot firewood and goes near it. Father says, “Child, don’t touch it, it will hurt you”. But the child goes on to touch it and hurts itself. I think that would be the last time the child would touch a hot wood. Until we can understand the command of someone, we learn through experience only, especially during our childhood. But mostly at this stage, we have someone or the other to watch over us and take us away from the danger. It’s always good if we learn through obedience. Some may say we have to learn through experience. Yes, skills are learned through experience but not everything. In numbers 13 and 14, we see that Israelites were about to reach the Promised Land. Since they failed to obey God by trusting Him, they had to wander for 39 years till they repented and even most of them never entered it. Though some reached the land of promise, they wandered in the wilderness going through suffering, confusion and chaos. What if they had obeyed? Learning through experience does help at times, but obedience is what God expects. There were many who never entered the promised land. Experience can deceive as there can be the point of no return as in this case. When we are ignorant, God protects us as parents do but not when we are aware of the consequences of our actions. He expects us to obey and that’s why He has given us His Word for us to obey and avoid those experiences which will cost us plenty. Remember experience always follows disobedience.