Good Teacher

In 2 Chronicles 1, God asked the new King Solomon what he should give him. Solomon asked that God’s word be fulfilled; “Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” God granted the wisdom and knowledge, an anointing that would carry him through his glorious, influential (albeit not pure) reign.

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“You have been anointed by the Holy One, and you have all knowledge. The anointing you have received abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything—and is true and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” 1 John 2:20,27

A good teacher knows his subject, understands his students, anticipates questions, and leads his students to discover truth themselves. He inspires curiosity, whets appetite to seek and learn, and explains when needed in comprehensible terms. He not only imparts information, but models and coaches through the learning process. The secret is the relationship, the connectedness, the abiding in what we know.

What do we need for today? There is One Who knows what lies before—the people we will meet, the questions we will be asked, the decisions we will be called upon to make—and He is present. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” (Psalm 32:8) “Your Teacher will not hide himself. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:20-21)

My Good Teacher, You know all things, and have chosen me to know You. Please “awaken me morning by morning, awaken my ear to hear as one being taught,” and keep me abiding. (Isaiah 50:4)

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