Read: Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you” (Psalm 86:11, NLT).
Think About It: He was looking for answers and was full of questions. “Surely there must be more to life than this.” But, was there? With so many religions out there, how could he ever be certain that one was “more true” than another? At that time of his own internal quest for truth, he wasn’t living the life of one who would identify as being a follower of Jesus. He wasn’t a bad person. He was compassionate, caring, a devoted dad, and a good friend. As our causal communication grew into a closer friendship, my heart and passion for him to know the same Jesus that had changed my life, grew exponentially. I had been raised in church my entire life, and have been exposed to many who profess a certain methodology of how you should tell someone about Christ. I chose to ignore “conventional ideology” and trust what the God who gives ‘good things’ could do with someone who had a sincere hunger to know truth. As my friend continued his search, the Bible was his primary resource. He read the New Testament from beginning to end. He had many questions and his hunger for truth was not satisfied, but grew even stronger. What many would have been tempted to “tell him he should do or not do,” was conveyed by God through His Word as the Holy Spirit led him. It wasn’t the information that brought him closer to Christ, as he eventually found to be his source of truth, it was his willingness to be teachable as the Word of God spoke.
Going Deeper: This psalm, written by David, is one that reveals his own hunger to live for God, to please God, and to be in the middle of exactly where God had destined him to be. He had already recognized through his own propensity to go his own way, that he desperately needed the hand of God to guide him. He would not be pushed or forced, as then his commitment to following God could never be proven as sincere. His heart longed for the wisdom and guidance of God. He had tried on his own and still had the scars and bruises to show when he had attempted to lead his own way. David asked for God to teach him the way and that in response, he would follow and walk in it. David, in spite of his failures, or perhaps because of his failures, had learned to be humble and teachable. He didn’t have all the answers. He sought after and surrendered to the One who did.
Next Step: The difference between an average student and an excellent student is not their level of intelligence or how well they are able to “ace the test.” Anyone can memorize for the moment. The difference is their willingness to learn. One who “knows it all” will never learn anything, but one who is hungry to learn, will know so much more. Take a scrap a paper, or prepare to scribble in a journal or on the inside of your Bible the following question. “What do I want to learn in this life?” “What do I need someone to show me about my life or its direction?” Answer the question. Pray and ask God to guide you through His Word to the answers as you remain open, teachable, and committed to apply.