LISTEN AND APPLY!
“God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?” —Job 36:22
There is none like the Lord God Almighty… none! He is all powerful— just look at the magnitude of the universe He created. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4). The testimony about God’s existence is so evident through creation that nobody can use the excuse that they did not know about His existence— “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). Yes, His power is seen through what He has created.
A good teacher will ask informative questions to see what a person knows. The Lord God Almighty is the greatest Teacher and asks Job a multitude of questions (Job chapters 38-41). “Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:1-6).
If we desire to become godlier then we need to listen to Him and apply what He says. “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher” (Luke 6:40). Jesus also said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25). Also in I Timothy 3:16-17 we read that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” May we be like Mary who had chosen the better thing—”She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said… Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:39, 42). Yes, may we be like Mary and listen and apply what our Greatest Teacher says! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcE1di1Wtl0
Dear Father, please open my ear to hear, understand and apply Your Word. May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.