And Teach Me

 

 

 

Many people are concerned about the education of their children.

They want them to go to the best schools.

They want them to have good teachers who are knowledgeable, as well as kind and understanding.

They want a solid curriculum with adequate preparation for living in society and attaining a productive career.

As children get a bit older, some of them begin to feel this way about their own education.

Applying themselves to their studies, they look toward the future and the positive outcomes a good education will avail.

Who wouldn’t want this?

In Psalm 25:4-5, the writer prays:

Make me to know Your ways, O Lord;
teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God of my salvation;
for You I wait all the day long.

How important is it to us to know the ways of the Lord?

How important is it to us to have the Lord teach us His paths?

How important is it to have the Lord lead us in His truth?

Do we long to have this spiritual “education” from the Lord for ourselves and our children?

In light of eternity, it will not matter what college we have graduated from.

Our vocational skills here on earth will not be of great significance when we die.

Our relationship with God and our salvation through Jesus, His Son, will be the most important thing then.

Shouldn’t it be the most important thing now?

 

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Opinion Disables

 

 

 

I have been signed up for a class.

There is no record of it on paper or electronically.

No funds were transferred to pay for the instruction.

I do not know the course title.

I do not know exactly when the class times will be or in what room.

How is this possible?

Only through God.

You see, I feel that it is God who has “signed me up” for instruction.

Lately, I have been studying a lot about relationships with people, managing time the way God would want and being a good steward of the gifts He has given.

Today, I sat down at my computer and read something that had been posted on a social network.

It had appeared on my page.

“If you live for people’s acceptance you will emotionally die from their rejection.” 1

Moments later, I logged onto a Bible site that features a “verse of the day.”

Here is today’s verse:

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. –Proverbs 29:25

Looking this verse up in The Message, I found this:

The fear of human opinion disables;
    trusting in God protects you from that.

 

I mean it when I say that I have been studying a lot lately.

Reading, listening, watching videos.

For about a week, maybe, my concentration has been focused on deep matters, as I felt God had brought some topics to my attention.

On one side of the page, we have all that God has given us to use in this life.

On the other side of the page, we may have a good deal of things that tempt us away from the course that God has created for us to travel.

Instead of using our strength and vitality in the ways that God intended, we may spend ourselves on useless endeavors or needless worry about what others will think.

This will ultimately leave us depleated and empty handed.

I have come to understand this fact in my class.

The lesson today was delivered on my computer screen.

I wonder when the next session will be……

 

(1 quote by Rick Warren)