Teachable

1 Chronicles 15:2 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.”

This just caught my attention for a straightforward reason. Just before this, David was displeased when a well-meaning Uzzah tried to keep the ark from falling off the cart used to transport it. 

2 Samuel 6:6-7 And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.”

Uzzah was responsible for tending to the cart’s path, the oxen that pulled it, and the contents he was carrying. David trusted him, and to see God take his life was disheartening. 

David could have continued in his displeasure and use it to distance himself from God. But because of what I read this morning, I think he spent time with God asking how this could’ve been handled differently to save Uzzah’s life.

Simply, David wanted to remain teachable.

Those who have been saved for some time, who attend a good Bible-believing church, hear truth multiple times a week, and read our Bibles faithfully; we are around truth so much that we think that what we say and do is all truth.

David utilized a simple methodology of checking his motives with God before he acted. One of the most significant examples is found in Psalm 139.

Psalm 139:21-22 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.”

David could have acted on his hatred and thought he was doing God’s will. But he followed up with a heartfelt request. 

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

David maintained his heart to keep it open to God’s instruction. His ability to remain teachable challenges me. 

I cannot think that because I know a few things more than some people that I am wise. Any wisdom I possess is a gift from God. Any power or influence that has been given by God is to be used for HIS glory, not mine. 

Any victories won, battles fought, storms endured, or mountains climbed have all been accomplished with the strength, leadership, and guidance of my precious Father’s loving hand.

I want to remain useful, usable, and available for my Father to continue in my life. I enjoy the fruit of that kind of life. That desire hinges on my ability to remain teachable, submissive, obedient, and pliable. 

We quote these verses together often.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

But the next verse is even more powerful.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

I thank my God for His continued instruction as I seek to learn more. He placed in my control the amount of growth I will see in my life. It is not in the acquisition of knowledge.

It lies squarely on my yieldedness to the Holy Spirit of God who will do all things needed through me if I but trust and obey. In my submission, I learn something new and exciting. But, I also see the depth, breadth, and height of things I thought I knew.

Daily Manna is filled with such meditations. I am in awe of what God reveals as we take this journey. He never fails to provide for the one seeking.

Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Make sure to thank God for His provision. 

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