God Is the Greatest Teacher
"Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments." (Psalm 119:4-7)
God knows exactly what circumstances to give you to teach and bring you closer to Him.
One day, Mrs. Blackburn decided to make a pitcher of tea. She had never made a whole pitcher of tea before, but she figured you just boil some water and pour it into a pitcher with tea bags. What could go wrong? As she boiled the water, she pulled the pitcher off the shelf and threw 5 or 6 tea bags in it. When the water started boiling, Mrs. Blackburn picked up the pot to pour out the water, but then she set it down. It was a big pot, and she figured it would be better to move the pitcher from the counter to the sink – in case she spilled some. After she poured the water in, Mrs. Blackburn happily said to herself "I didn't spill a drop!" Then, to her surprise, as Mrs. Blackburn picked up the pitcher, the whole bottom fell out and boiling hot tea splashed all over the sink! At first, Mrs. Blackburn was just annoyed at her folly – this was a glass pitcher, and she hadn't even thought it might break! But in the end, Mrs. Blackburn was thankful she had put the pitcher in the sink before pouring. Boiling water all over her stomach and legs would have been far more serious than a broken pitcher.
It probably was not a sin to pour boiling water into a glass pitcher – Mrs. Blackburn was not breaking any of God's commandments by doing so! But in a way, God very gently warned her never to do that again! God knows exactly what circumstances to give you to teach you and bring you closer to Him. Sometimes He uses painful circumstances to teach us lessons; sometimes He teaches us things without bringing pain. But there's one thing to remember no matter what method God uses: God will always do just what's right for you. In fact, God is gentle with His people even when He brings them severe pain.
God is the best teacher because He knows what we need to learn and how we need to learn it.
» Are there any circumstances in my life that God is using to teach me a lesson? Am I learning?
Truth In Real Life
“If Jesus Christ be the Son of God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”
Charles Thomas (“C.T.”) Studd was born into a very wealthy family in England on December 2, 1860. His family had “made it rich” in India during a time of British colonization and trade.
By age 16, Studd was a notable cricket player. Cricket is a game that looks a little bit similar to baseball but uses a “bowler” and a “striker” instead of a pitcher and a batter. By his late teen years, Studd had become the captain of his cricket team in college – an honor that is kind of like American sports’ “Most Valuable Player” awards.
When Studd was 18, he was on his way to a game of cricket when a preacher visited his home and stopped him on his way out the door. The preacher asked him whether he was a Christian, and the teenager answered honestly: “No.” He was genuinely converted, though, later during that day. Unfortunately, his life did not immediately change. He would later write,
Instead of going and telling others of the love of Christ, I was selfish and kept the knowledge to myself. The result was that gradually my love began to grow cold, and the love of the world began to come in. I spent six years in that unhappy backslidden state.
The Lord continued to work in Studd’s heart, and eventually he surrendered his other ambitions so that he could be free to go to the mission field of China. This decision went against the wishes of his family.
He became part of a group of pioneering young missionary-candidate friends who were called “The Cambridge Seven.” When he was 25, he received a large sum of money from his family as an inheritance. Rather than spending some of it for himself, he gave it all away for Christ. He gave the money to orphanages and churches and preachers who needed it most.
It cost God more to forgive you than it did for you to receive His forgiveness. You could never pay Him back, but are you giving to Him and to His people as a way of showing your love and gratitude? Are you telling others about the good news that Jesus Christ’s sinless life and sacrificial death took away the curse for anyone who trusts Him as Lord and Savior?
2 Corinthians 9:7 – So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.