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Devotional: August 19, 2021

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.

Psalm 86: 11 NRSV

Teachers and paraprofessionals start back to work today in our area. Although schoolchildren will not show up until next Wednesday, school personnel begin earnest preparations for the school year today. The joy and responsibility of opening the minds of our youth takes preparation and perseverance.

While it may have been many years since some of us have darkened the door of a classroom ourselves, this scripture reminds us that learning from the Lord is a lifelong pursuit. We are never too young, or too old, to learn from the Lord. That is why we have bible studies for all ages. We should never think that a diploma means we have nothing left to learn. Remember the saying, “the older I get, the less I know”.

This scripture also hints at what makes learning successful: concentration. It speaks in favor of an “undivided heart”. What this means is that we ought to have a singular focus, especially when it comes to learning from the Lord. It is easy to think that talking about our faith is the best way to learn. It is wonderful to share and learn together in a group, but we also need to always carve out one-on-one time with the Lord. Being still, and hearing Him is a treasure the Lord wants to share with us.

Therefore, let us seek to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. May we all find time in our day to spend quiet moments with the Lord: learning, praying, and listening.

Prayer

All-knowing God,

Give me a teachable spirit, especially when it comes to following You. Help me to be a sponge, always soaking up all You have to offer. You know me even better than I know myself. Therefore, teach me Your ways, and Your truths. I desire to be the very best version of myself, for You, for my family, for my community, and for Your church. I pray this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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