‘He that is his own teacher’ - says Bernard - and one greater than Bernard (Prov. 28.26), ‘has a fool for his master’. Man cannot teach what he does not know; and of God, and of his law, he knows nothing. Therefore the beginning of wisdom is a consciousness of ignorance, a distrust of our own understanding, and the heartfelt prayer - ‘Give me understanding.’ How many seasonable suggestions in moments of darkness and perplexity, may the child of God record, as the answer to this prayer!”  (Charles Bridges)