(Pro 4:4 KJV) He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
How do we learn? I don’t mean “retain” (hold fast NASB) (8551) long enough to pass a test. I am wondering how you learn something so that it does some good. I have learned and memorized a lot of different types of information and skills over the years and many of them I don’t have a clue to at this point. There was a popular style of guitar picking, I think it was called the Travis Pick, that I had down pat. I could do it in my sleep. Now I can’t even remember the basic rhythm. I stopped using it and it left me.
Solomon is telling us that if we want to benefit from his wisdom we need to learn it and then apply it and keep applying it. I know how to remove, wash and replace the sheets on my bed. I do it all the time. I can’t remember how I used to get those tight corners required in the army.
So? God presents us with what we need to know. It is up to us to apply it. It is a case of use it or lose it.