The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
I don’t think that many of us earthly parents have heard our kids tell us, “You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” That comes from Psalm 119:68 where someone said it to God. God, our Heavenly Father, wants to hear that from us every bit as much as we want to hear that from our kids.
If we want to hear that from our kids, we should be taking the time to learn from God. If God is our Heavenly Father, we will trust his correction and learn his ways. We can’t be good parents if we’re not watching the best example of a good parent. We can learn how to pour our wisdom into our kids by the way God helps us grow in wisdom.
Proverbs 1:23 reminds us of the call of wisdom, “Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.”
The obstinate fool will ignore wise correction in order to have things under their control. We all want things to go our way, but that’s not always the way of wisdom. Can a wise person hear the call for repentance and not do some immediate soul searching?
Just as someone who wants to build his muscles must use his muscles, one who wants to wants to have more wisdom must use the wisdom he has. Everyone starts small and builds with what they have. If not all personal trainers are equal, then it follows that not all who call themselves wise are actually wise. Be careful who your teacher is. If your teacher is not terribly wise, you also will be not terribly wise. The teacher can only train you with what they already have achieved for themselves.
In Isaiah 48:17, we read, “This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” With this, God was fussing at stubborn Israel. He was reminding them who he is and why they should be listening to him. God wasn’t trying to get their attention in order to sell them something. He was simply trying to help them along the right path.
God is a good parent to all who run to him. As a good parent, he wants to teach his children how to think things through so they know why they should be doing a particular thing in a particular way. Parents don’t really want blind obedience. They want smart, thoughtful children who obey and know what they’re doing is the best way. They want children who trust them.
If you don’t have a wise teacher, maybe you should think about getting a new teacher. God lets us know all through the Bible that he is available for us. And he’s a great teacher.
Thanks for seeking God with me today.