My youngest child is an adventure every day. He is fun, unique, and a lot like his Dad and Grampa. He has many traits that I love, but there is one trait about him that is my favorite. He is teachable.
Gabriel is a sponge! He loves to learn new things. Right now he is learning piano from his piano teacher. He is learning how to be a better artist from his sister. He is learning about tools, bicycle repair, cars, and machinery from his Dad. From me, he is learning how to cook, how to be a better writer, and how to make good outlines. His heart's desire is to be a pastor one day, so learning to make good outlines would be a handy skill.
Psalm 25:4 "Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths."
When I read Psalm 25, I was amazed at how many times it mentions the word "teach". The word "teach" is used five times. The word "shew" is used twice, and the words "lead" and "guide" are each used once. One of David's greatest traits was that he was teachable. What makes a person teachable?
- A desire to see- "Shew me thy ways..." (vs 4)
- A willingness to follow- "Lead me..." (vs 5)
- A hunger for truth- "Lead me in thy truth..." (vs 5)
- Patience- "... on thee do I wait all the day." (vs 5)
- Humility- "The meek will he guide..." (vs 9)
- Respect for the Teacher- "What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach..." (vs 12)
Our God is a willing Teacher. Why? Because He is good and upright!
Psalm 25:8 "Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way."
I love when Gabriel comes in the kitchen and asks if he can help. What he is really saying is, "I want to learn how to do that, Mom." It thrills my heart to take those moments and work with him. It brings great joy to a teacher when a student has such a willingness to learn. God is the same way with us. He greatly delights in teaching us. He loves when we crawl up in His lap and say, "Teach me."
On the flip side, there is nothing more frustrating to a teacher than to try to help someone by teaching them when they are convinced they know everything they need to know. As a teacher, it literally pains me to watch someone struggle unnecessarily when they could simply humble themselves and admit they don't have all the answers. I wonder how God sees me when I refuse to look to Him and learn instead of struggling on my own path with my own plans, ideas, and logic. Know-It-All Christianity is a painful road.
How teachable are we? Are we hungry sponges, soaking up all that we can as He teaches? Or are we convinced we already have all the answers?
Psalm 25:5 "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day."