Am I Teachable
By Carin LeRoy –
If you’ve ever raised children, then you know that each child is different. Having four, I’ve seen many traits in their personalities—the complainer, the stubborn, the verbal, the compliant, the obedient, the one who ignores—to name a few. Each child responds differently to correction. Upon giving discipline, I’ve seen my daughter (at two years old) stomp her little foot and say, “No!” One child would complain about the injustice of it all while another would give in and learn what was needed. Some kids are easier to teach than others and display many of these traits during their growing-up years.
We can have these same traits when God tries to teach us. The complainer says, “God, why do I have to do this?” The stubborn one says, “No, I don’t want to.” The verbal one gives God a list of excuses not to obey. The compliant one says, “Okay, God.” Others ignore God’s voice altogether and go their own way.
Jonah ran from God’s voice and ended up in the belly of a fish. Isaiah heard God and said, “Here am I, send me.” Ananias was told by God to go out and meet Saul, a known killer, and heal him from his blindness. He responded (albeit a little verbally!) to God’s voice and obeyed even though it could have cost his life (Acts 9:1-19).
I recently had a friend say, “I feel God is telling me to stop being selfish.” She heard God’s voice and was willing to stop, listen and ponder what God was teaching her. She knew God was asking her to move forward to a new place in her spiritual walk. She had the willingness to work at change. How teachable am I? When God wants to instruct me, what is my response? Am I unyielding to his words? Do I send him a list of reasons not to obey? Do I whine or ignore His voice? Or do I choose to be taught?
Having a teachable heart means I am willing to listen and learn. Responding to God’s voice and desiring change helps us to move forward in the next stage of our spiritual journey. Just as parents instruct children to train them for life, God wants to prepare us to reach our full maturity as Christians. “Teach me Thy way, O Lord; I will walk in Thy truth; unite my heart to fear Thy name” (Psalm 119:33, KJV). Ask God to teach you today. Then be willing to respond.
PRAYER: Lord, give me a heart that is teachable. Give me a willingness to listen and an ability to learn where You desire change in my life. Help me to respond obediently to Your voice.
“I will instruct you and teach you about how you should live; I will advise you as I look you in the eye. Do not be like an unintelligent horse or mule, which will not obey you unless they are controlled by a bridle and bit” (Psalm 32:8-9, NET).
Today’s devotional is written by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale and mother of three grown children and one almost-grown teenager. She has been a missionary with PIONEERS since 1982 and loves to write in order to encourage others to live life well for God.