Monday, December 1, 2014

Extended Learning, 1: David's Story

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you” (Psalm 51:12-13).
David was a great teacher. He was a warrior and a king. He honored the LORD in most every area of his life. He was able to take a large group of outcasts, total misfits, and form them into an army who were both feared and successful. David also became a great learner. One of the greatest lessons he ever learned was than even the “greats” can fall, fail, and have room to grow.

Never think of yourself as the expert with the final word in any area of your life. You may know many things as a result of your experiences, past mistakes, and new lessons learned. Always know that there is still more to learn. Be a learner and a listener. The more you think you know, the more you’ll find you really need to learn. God is faithful to test you in areas where you think you might have “arrived.” Let Him teach you. He loves you. He has so much more for you, but needs you to learn from where you are so you can be ready for where you’re going.

Extended Reading Option: Psalm 86:11

Extended Journal Option: Is learning an easy thing for you? Why or why not? Is it easier for you to teach than it is for you to learn? In what ways has God taught you when you thought you had already learned what you needed?

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