A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands. (Amplified Bible)
Are you teachable?
What does it mean to be teachable? In school, teachers give tests to determine a student’s aptitude. The aptitude tests indicate a student’s natural ability to do. However, the test cannot determine what a student will actually do. Yes, the capacity to learn is available to everyone. Having the capacity to learn and actually learning are two entirely different things.
As you are learning to do the will of the Father, there will be times when the information provided will not be what you want to hear. If you are teachable, you will accept it, even though it might be painful to hear. If you are not teachable, here are some reasons:
You don’t understand.
Matthew 13:19a While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
You are a babe, not grounded in your relationship with Christ and your faith.
Matthew 13:20b-21 This is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy; 21 Yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
What you want is your focus and motivation, not what the Lord wants for you.
Matthew 13:22b This is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
You have rationalized your actions so much you don’t see what God sees about you.
James 1:22-24 But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. 23 For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; 24 For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
It could be the Truth confronts your personal image, and the pain is more than you want to bear.
Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard this, he left grieving and distressed, for he owned much property and had many possessions [which he treasured more than his relationship with God]. (Amplified Bible, AMP)
It could be you don’t want to receive from the one who is speaking.
Proverbs 5:12 And then finally you’ll admit that you were wrong and say, “If only I had listened to wisdom’s voice and not stubbornly demanded my own way, because my heart hated to be told what to do!” (The Passion Translation TPT)
Whether these are your reasons, or you have different ones, you don’t want to walk into danger simply because you don’t want to acknowledge or accept the truth. You have to make the choice. You don’t just want spiritual aptitude. You want to take your capacity to learn and submit yourself to instruction. However the Lord designs it. Then you will show, by your actions, you have filled your capacity with knowledge.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I desire to be teachable. I know there have been times when I was not. I repent for allowing what I think is right to stop me from hearing, with an open heart and mind, as You speak. I understand, if I am listening, You can speak to me: in my prayer time, in my study time, as I listen to a sermon, through the words of a song, as I watch a scene or listen to the dialogue in a movie, in conversations with those I respect, even in conversations that seem meaningless, etc. If my heart is open and our connection is solid, You are always speaking to me and You will speak to me, through any method You choose. Help me hear You when it doesn’t feel good; when it interferes with what I have determined to be my plan; when it goes against everything I thought was true, and especially when it exposes ugliness in my heart. Help me, Father. Not only do I want to hear You, I also need to submit to what You say and obey…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.