A Teachable Spirit
I remember years ago hearing a speaker say that there are two qualities most important in the life of a Christian — a heart for God and a teachable spirit.
I have found over the years that having a teachable spirit has been invaluable in keeping a freshness and excitement in my quiet times. I have also discovered that being teachable is not always easy, especially in difficult circumstances or challenging trials. Surrendering your ways in favor of God’s ways takes you back into the blessed freedom of a teachable spirit and then God can have His way in leading and guiding you.
A teachable spirit is the heart attitude that says along with Samuel in response to God, “Speak, for Your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10).
In recent days, as God has been humbling me under His mighty hand, I have enjoyed a number of new paths of learning in my walk with the Lord. He has been teaching me about desert experiences and the importance of dependence and devotion and resting in the present shade of His provision without knowing more than the next step in the journey. This is challenging for me, the consummate planner with dreams and goals for the next ten years. Sometimes God will shatter certain dreams to broaden your vision and take you in new directions. He is teaching us to walk by faith.
I learned this many years ago from Oswald Chambers, one of my favorite teachers,
Those words have helped me over the years to understand what God is teaching me when I encounter various trials. Oswald Chambers has helped me to heed the words of James to “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-3).
I love what Oswald Chambers says about being teachable and learning God’s ways,
I love learning new principles of truth from God as I study His Word. You will find my Bible marked up everywhere in the verses that God has taken me on my journey with Him. There are dates of decision and commitment next to key verses and prayers for grace and mercy in times of desperate need.
What is God teaching you these days?
Are you open to His leading and guidance?
Do you have a teachable spirit that says to God, “Speak, for Your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 4:10)?
If you find yourself struggling with hearing and learning from God, then pray the words of David,
When God answers the words of this prayer in your life, He will take you on an amazing adventure, the result of a faith-walking life. He will show you things well beyond your own limited vision and dreams. You will discover you had a narrow view and that God’s ways are always higher and better, just like He promises (Isaiah 55:8-9). So keep learning and growing in the Lord, and enjoy the view along the way.
♥ God bless you in the great adventure of knowing Him!
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