Slightly Obsessed #206: A Portrait of Faith: Willing to Learn by Pamela Thorson on 2018-01-18 09:54:35
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
-Matthew 11:29 (NKJV)
Years ago, when my husband and I were new Christians, a series of small and incidental “signs” convinced us that a lot of money was coming our way. We shared this belief with a few people, who were instantly skeptical. But we were undeterred, sure that God had spoken to us.
When the bounty never arrived, we were a little embarrassed and a lot confused. How could we ever possibly learn to distinguish God’s voice from the other voices in our lives? Thankfully, we discovered, it does get easier to recognize what is from God and what isn’t. We’re still constantly learning, because we’re human.
One of the most beautiful features of the face of faith is the desire to learn the ways of God. It is that willingness to admit our failures and remember their lessons that marks the mature man and woman of God.
Growing in faith is a process that never ends on this side of heaven. It requires us to understand that we will never know it all and we must humble ourselves to learn from others. Our best source of wisdom is God’s Word. It is the inspired text from which we sit at the feet of God. Other important resources are trusted friends, pastors and teachers, parents, siblings, church and para church activities, godly music, and books.
Learning involves some honest introspection and willingness to gain wisdom from our mistakes (and successes). The Spirit of God is our greatest teacher and the One who will never lead us on the wrong path. But sometimes it’s hard to discern His voice above the noise in our head and around us. The Bible encourages us to keep listening and keeping trying, because like anything else, we are trained by practice.
“But solid food is for the mature,
who because of practice have their senses trained
to discern good and evil.”
It’s comforting to know that God understands our weaknesses. He wants us to hear Him. And He is a patient teacher.
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. Her second book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver, released in 2014. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
In the gray dawn of another day, I am spent. I can pray no more. There are no more words I can say, no entreaty with which to reach my Master. As the night shadows fade before the rising sun, I open my Bible. In the space between darkness and light, I need to hear His voice.
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