THE TEACHABLE HEART
Memorise: Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.-Psalm 25:4
Read: Proverbs 9:7-9 (KJV)
7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Bible in one year: Joshua 12-14, Ezekiel 20:1-13
Teaching becomes a Herculean task when a teacher is confronted with stubborn students. To be un-teachable in the things of God is very dangerous state for everyone to be in. Proverbs 29:1 says:
“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, that without remedy.”
Pharaoh found himself in this state and he did not end well. God warned him several times with at least ten plagues. Yet he hardened his heart until he met his waterloo at the Red Sea.
We also see a similar scenario in the case of Haman, who was warned by his wife and friends to desist from persecuting Mordecai, but he would not listen until he was executed on the same gallows he had built for Mordecai (Esther 6-7). I decree over someone using this devotional today; the pit which your enemies dug for you shall swallow them up in Jesus’ Name.
Unlike Pharaoh and Haman, a teachable fellow is a pleasant student to have. A receptive heart is blessed for many reasons, some of which are indicted in today’s Bible reading. The Bible says wisdom is the principle thing, and so we should go all out to get wisdom and understanding, even if it costs us all we have (Proverbs 4:7).
In other words, it is of no use if a man possesses the whole world but lacks wisdom and understanding. The question now is, how can we get wisdom and understanding? Proverbs 9:9 says:
“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
This verse is saying that a wise man acquires wisdom by receiving instructions, and the understanding of an upright man is increased through teaching.
Of course, the one being taught must have a teachable heart, as it is rightly said, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force it to drink.” Therefore, the first blessing of a teachable heart is that it increases in wisdom. This wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, which is manifested as deep reverence for God’s word (Proverbs 1:7).
When someone who fears God is taught God’s word, it will restrain him or her from doing things against God’s will. For a heart to be teachable in God’s word, it must be meek. The Spirit of God makes this clear in Pslam 25:9, which says:
“The meek will be guide in judgement: and the meek will he teach his way.”
The trait, clearly demonstrated in today’s memory verse, made David a man after God’s heart. Anyone who desires to have a special place in God’s heart must also develop a teachable heart through meekness. Do you have a teachable heart?
Prayer Point:Father, Please give me a teachable heart today and save me from the destruction that comes from a hardened heart.