Acts 8:31 (NLT) The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
“Teachability” is a very valuable virtue. It requires humility but it’s also a path to greatness. It takes humility to admit lack of understanding, to admit need of help, to admit someone knows more than you do. Learning requires sincerity and resolve. It necessitates effort. The person in this story had a hard time understanding what he was reading, but he was reading nonetheless.
Having a know-it-all attitude is disadvantageous. Wise people understand: wisdom is a life-long pursuit; the truth is: it is an eternity-long pursuit. Our learning doesn’t stop when we meet the Lord face to face.
There is no greater source of wisdom than God’s Word. True: there are some parts hard to understand; it will take a sincere desire to learn for us to grasp truths God intends for us. We find it a big help listening to others who have also spent time and effort in studying His Word. We don’t deny personal responsibility; we have to read the word by ourselves; we have to study it; meditate on it; memorize it; live it out; share it. But we can certainly also learn from others. It doesn’t diminish our self-esteem when we do. We expand our horizon much greater by mining the gold from other people’s perspective. We recognize that we miss some important insights other people catch. We even learn from people of the world; they too have wisdom to share; they too are created in God’s image; they have undeniably good contributions. In some cases, we need discernment from the Holy Spirit to know whether what they teach is godly or worldly. It’s no problem because God is more generous with His Spirit guiding us, helping us, warning us, and leading us to the truth.
Dear heavenly Father—all loving and all wise, thank You for giving us understanding and insight—especially when it comes to vital spiritual truths. Thank You for giving us your Holy Spirit without Whom we would be spiritually blind. Thank You for making us a part of people who have the same access to Your Spirit—the Spirit of wisdom. Thank You for giving us opportunities to learn, to know more about You, Your Word, Your love, and a lot more wonderful truths we absolutely treasure. And thank You for the privilege and honor of bearing and sharing this treasure.
John 6:45 (KJV) 45It is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
God clearly speaks to us through nature, His prophets, His Word, and His Spirit. He is the Source of all truths; He is the ultimate Teacher. We listen; we learn; we get a glimpse of Who He is, a very small glimpse into His immeasurable love, His incomparable beauty, His inscrutable wisdom, his unlimited power, and His mighty works, but more than enough for us to be passionately attracted to Him.
A hidden and detached God would have not benefited us; but we’re greatly blessed because our God and heavenly Father, though bigger than the entire vast universe, greater than all principalities and powers, exalted—high and lifted up, takes it upon Himself to reveal Himself to us. He evidently shows His amazing handiwork all around us so those of us who earnestly seek, find. He masterfully arranged and designed everything so that He can teach His children well.
We seek Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. To those of us who faithfully do, He shows Himself “fully.” One of the gentle ways He draws us to Him is by divine revelation. Wise people aptly choose to draw towards the beautiful and good. What hungry soul won’t run to the Bread of Life? What dying soul won’t run to Life Eternal? What troubled soul won’t run to the Prince of Peace, and what battered soul won’t come to the One who walks on water and stills the waves? We who see, we who hear, we who learn come.
Psalm 107:2 (KJV) 2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy
For us who truly follow our Lord, if we don’t speak about Him, there’s a continuing stirring in us that keeps on growing; we feel like volcanoes ready to erupt; we need to let it out. It’s our loving passion to speak of Him, the marvelous things He’s done, the amazing benefits we’ve enjoyed because of everything He’s done and everything He’s still doing. God has lovingly redeemed us; we want to shout it from the housetops and tell the world about it. But then again, that can be received as a curse instead of a blessing; we wisely live out our zeal.
God has done so much; it almost feels like it’s a crime for us to selfishly or cowardly keep the Good News to ourselves. Good News, especially if it benefits everyone ought to be heard by everyone. God repeatedly rescues us from trouble and distress. He heals us and snatches us from jaws of death. We cry out for help; He hears and helps. We experience His very present love—everytime, everywhere. He identifies with us though He doesn’t need to. In the middle of suffering desperate hopelessness, He also suffered—horribly.
We speak of His goodness; we will continue to. We speak of His Good News; we speak of His loving-kindness. Everyone ought to experience life of abundance, lying in green pastures, led beside still waters, playing in a peaceful valley, restored and rested. We speak of life with God as our Father, our Redeemer, our Master. He’s incomparable; no One else exists like Him. In Him, there is no condemnation; we won’t be shamed. There’s no greater joy, no greater blessing, no greater cause, no greater topic… He is and will be the fruit of our lips.