One Day at a Time Devotional
As a teenager, I was very rebellious, actually most of my childhood was spent in rebellion. I often disappointed and frustrated my parents and others. I remember one day in particular, when (after skipping school and being discovered), my mom turned to me and said, “Brandy, I am very disappointed in you.” This moment stands out clearly to me because my mom never spoke this way, she was very passive and quiet. So, for her to speak this way to me was an eye-opener. Now, I must admit, at the time I laughed in her face as a sixteen year old, but her disappointment has never left my memory.
Later in life, after giving my heart and life to the Lord, I have tried to give my rebellion to Him also. I have realized that rebellion is pride and manifests itself in various ways. Some of those may be; jealousy, an unthankful attitude, disappointment, distrust, complaining, stubbornness and other ways, but the rebellious attitude I would like to focus on is the unteachable attitude.
If you take the time to read I Corinthians ten, it is focusing on the rebellious attitude of Israel after its release from slavery in Egypt. It seemed that none of them were content with God’s blessings and there was always something to complain about. In addition, verse eleven explains the beginning of the chapter, “11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
God’s word tells us that these passages are written for us to learn from the Israelites example. We all have had experiences or lessons that have given us our current knowledge and understanding and have molded us into who we are today. This is a necessary part of life. Certainly, the Israelites had developed the experience and habit of complaining and rebelling. The unteachable rebellious attitude enters when we adopt the, “know it all” mindset. A person who has it all figured out, will not receive instruction or only follows advice that lines up with their way of thinking is unteachable. A person who is unteachable is unreachable.
Obviously, I’m not here to argue the law of gravity, we know it works nor am I suggesting you take drugs because someone says it will make you feel good because we know it’s wrong. Nevertheless, there are moments in our lives when we need to look past our experiences and the way we’ve always done it to ask God for His direction. This is where I Corinthians 10:12 materializes, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” Others examples and experiences are there to help us, to guide us in the right direction and to protect us from poor decisions and harm.
Ask yourself, “Am I teachable or unteachable?” A good way to answer that question is to answer these two questions;
When someone offers you advice, counsel, or instruction do you bristle like a cactus and push them away with excuses as to why you refuse to listen? OR Do you pray over their counsel and conform like Jell-O in a mold to God’s will?
Accordingly, not all advice and counsel may be conducive to our lives, but the key is prayer. If you never pray over advice or suggestions given, you will never have taken others as an example to learn from. It’s all about the attitude and your desire to please God. After all, it is God who has brought those around us to shape us into God’s child so that we may give Him glory and honor.
In closing, as new circumstances present themselves in the form of advice (whether about small or great details), let me challenge you to be teachable. The biggest hindrance to a teachable spirit is pride, may we always work on a humble and teachable attitude.
& One Day at a Time Devotional,
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