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,

God has frequently to knock the bottom board out of your experience if you are a saint in order to get you into contact with Himself. God wants you to understand that it is a life of faith, not a life of sentimental enjoyment of His blessings. Your early life of faith was narrow and intense, settled around a little sun-spot of experience that had has much of sense as of faith in it, full of light and sweetness; then God withdrew His conscious blessings in order to teach you to walk by faith. You are worth far more to Him now than you were in your days of conscious delight and thrilling testimony.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

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,

What we call the process, God calls the end. What is my dream of God’s purpose? His purpose is that I depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay in the middle of the turmoil calm and unperplexed, that is the end of the purpose of God … His end is the process – that I see Him walking on the waves, no shore in sight, no success, no goal, just the absolute certainty that it is all right because I see Him walking on the sea. It is the process, not the end that is glorifying to God. God’s training is for now, not presently. His purpose is for this minute … God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the chaos of my life just now.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

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,

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, And has not sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Psalm 24:4-5 NASB

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!


Journaling pours out your soul to the Lord. When you journal, you become receptive to the voice of God. … Pouring out your soul to the Lord means to lift up every desire, need, joy, sorrow, and thought that is on your heart and in your mind to your Father who loves you more than you can imagine. It is done in the presence of God, directed to God, and intended for the glory of God.
Catherine Martin, Day Nine, Your Journal, Six Secrets To A Powerful Quiet Time

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