Perhaps the greatest folly of youth is the belief that we already know everything. From this root of arrogance all our worst mistakes spring - risky acts and foolish choices, which, sadly, is the only way many people learn. After sufferimg humiliation, painful loss, and a broken heart, we may begin to realize just how little we really know. This is where growth begins. We cannot progress until we recognize our arrogance and confess our sins and mistakes. This humility gives birth to a teachable spirit, the first sign of maturity. Only then can God or any other experienced mentor teach us anything.
Psalm 25:8-9 expresses this realization:
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
9 The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.
Thank you for teaching us, Father God! I know you teach the humble. Sometimes, we have to stumble and experience shame before we can be humble enough to listen. I pray you will clarify my hearing, because I WANT a teachable spirit, and I'm bruised enough from stumbling!
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