Devotional Thought for This Morning
“A Teachable Heart”
Psalm 25:4-9 (ESV)
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. 8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
One of the characteristics of humility is a teachable heart (i.e., spirit). If you have been a believer for a long time, it is easy to fall under the assumption that you already know all there is to know about God and His ways. When this happens, we stop hungering for the Holy Spirit’s illumination of Scripture and no longer seek his guidance. This is a sure recipe for spiritual stagnation and being entrapped by unrecognized sin.
Like David, we need to come before God with a childlike faith that asks to be taught and to be guided in the path of righteousness. We also need to ask God to search our hearts to see if there is any sin that is hidden from our own eyes. Only when we lay ourselves completely transparent before God can we expect to benefit from his great mercy and love. As we go through this spiritual “exercise” with humility, we can be confident that God will remember us while forgetting our sin since his son Jesus already died for it.
Ask the Holy Spirit to be your teacher and guide, revealing hidden areas of sin in your thought, attitudes, and actions. Reflect on the goodness of God who guides you lovingly and holds no sin against us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe Your word is like a lamp unto my feet. Give me the courage and wisdom to follow the path that Your word clearly lays out before me. Help me to stand firm in Your truth and to grow in my obedience daily.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 4
Lunch Break Study
Read James 1:23-24 (ESV): For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
Questions to Consider
- What metaphor is used for God’s word and what is its significance?
- What are some reasons why we remain inactive as we hear the preaching of God’s word?
- What blessings do we receive as we act upon what we hear? (Matthew 7:25)
- The word of God is described as a mirror. In ancient literature, the mirror was not only depicted as something used to adorn oneself but a tool to be used for a person’s moral development.
- There are several reasons why we may not act upon God’s word. First, we simply see it as being theory as opposed to impacting our reality. Second, we only take a short glance at it and never see what it truly means. Third, we ignore it completely and deem it irrelevant and outdated. These are common mistakes all too frequently committed in the contemporary church.
- Jesus makes it clear that those who hear his word and act upon them will be blessed with lives that cannot be destroyed by the unexpected storms of life. Living out the word of God leads to a rock-solid foundation on which to build our marriages, families, and careers.
Write down any new insight from your study of Scripture or a sermon you’ve heard recently. Have you tried to apply these truths to your life in a practical manner?
Have you been receptive to the sermons that you have heard lately? Are you maintaining a posture of humility as you hear things that challenge your thoughts and actions?