Read: Isaiah 48: 16 – 19
Psalm 86: 11
This week for BSF, I was challenged to read this set of scripture and record God’s actions and posture towards His people. When reading these verses what stood out to me was that God teaches and leads. I imagine God’s posture similar to how I felt compelled to interact with my students as a teacher (but He of course does this perfectly, whereas I did not).
As a teacher – He comes down to His people, stooping to their level, looking them in the eyes, and treating them with dignity. I imagine He teaches them tenderly, but also speaks sternly when necessary. He answers their questions and instructs them with kindness and patience. He turns their shame into dignity.
With a teacher like that, I can boldly pray – “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” (Psalm 86: 11) I can trust that He has my best interests at heart. I can follow His lead, and rest in His stability.
Smile in a Cup: His loving kindness in teaching turns our shame into dignity.
Challenge: Let’s pray Psalm 86:11 this week – that we would be united with Him. That we would be teachable, and that out of reverence, we would walk in His truth.