I was looking through the Psalms this morning and the Spirit brought several verses to my attention. Let’s see if you can detect the theme:
“Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior and my hope is in You all day long” (25:4-5).
“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way” (v. 9).
“Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him” (v. 12).
“Teach me Your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path” (27:11).
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (32:8).
“Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth . . .” (86:11)
The Christian faith is first and foremost about salvation – about bringing sinful men and women to repentance and cleansing and eternal life through Jesus Christ, God’s Son. But He doesn’t save us and then leave us to figure it out on our own. He teaches us how to live this different life. He teaches us to walk in the straight way, in His ways which are holy and righteous. He teaches us by His Word and His Spirit. He teaches us by the example of His Son who lived a perfect life of love and grace and holiness. He teaches us through people who preach, teach, mentor, and live their faith out loud every day. And I am living proof that He teaches us by the mistakes and missteps we make. I will have my Doctorate soon in the school of hard knocks.
I have always loved to learn. I used to sit on the floor next to our family’s bookshelves and read the encyclopedias. And then I discovered the Bible and my heart and mind exploded. I also discovered that God loves to teach, it’s a match literally made in heaven. But you don’t have to be a nerd or a scholar to learn what God wants to teach you. He tailors the courses to each person, but the student learning outcome is always the same: that you and I would look like Jesus. Beloved, come join me in this divine class. I’ll save a seat for you.