Have you ever heard those words? “Teach me”, says the young child who wants to do a new and exciting task, perhaps tying his shoes. Here’s a note that one of the grandchildren wrote to his Mom – you can feel the excitement as he passed this milestone of childhood.
“Teach me”, says the adolescent who desperately wants to learn to drive the family car.
“Teach me”, says the college student when learning in a career path, hoping to find his/her way in the world after graduation.
“Teach me”, says the new employee who is faced with something that is both daunting and exciting.
“Teach me”, says the newly wed wife to her husband, when she is trying to make his favorite meal that his mother made for him all the time.
“Teach me”, says the husband who wants to know how to help and comfort his wife as they learn to be man and wife.
“Teach me”, says the older woman to her grandchild when she is faced with a smart phone and doesn’t know how to use it.
We often say those words, and usually they stem from a significant desire to learn, or possibly from a need to do something unfamiliar.
There are things that we need to learn in our everyday lives but there are also things that we should be learning about our spiritual life, specifically about our God, His Son and His Holy Spirit. Indeed, our hearts should cry “Teach me!” to the Lord so we will know what God desires.
1 “Now this is the commandment–the statutes and the rules–that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, … 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6:1, 7
Note that we are not to just learn God’s commandments for ourselves but we are to teach them to others, specifically to our children. The command is not just for when we are in “school” but when we sit in the house, when we walk along the way, when we are traveling in the car, when se are seated around the table, when we lie down and when we rise. God’s Word should be on our lips throughout the day, not just a few designated times in the week!
David repeats “Teach me” in numerous psalms. Here are just a few examples;
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
29 Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law! … 66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. … 135 Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.
Psalm 119:29, 66, 135
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
So, what does God teach us? His paths, His truth, His salvation, His law, His good judgment, His statutes, and His wisdom, just to name a few things!
The New Testament does not ignore teaching. Rather, Paul says this – teach people what I have taught you so that they can teach others the gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ.
and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:2
We don’t “go it alone” when we teach others, rather Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit to guide and teach us as we live our lives in Him. See John 14:26 for this great promise:
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
At the end of time, Scripture tells us that all will know God and will serve Him. We read in Jeremiah the following:
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
What a blessing! Can you imagine this? At some point in the future, we won’t need to teach others of the Lord Jesus, all will know Him. Praise His Holy Name!
“Teach me” should be our heart cry every morning and every evening. Then, when some difficulty arises, don’t be surprised. God is answering your prayer and is teaching you something that you need to learn as you grow in the likeness of His Son. Until the time Jeremiah foretells, let us continue to ask God to teach us so that we will become the image of our Savior, Redeemer, Lord, Jesus Christ.
Father, help me to grow in the likeness of Jesus. Help me reflect His nature and His love to those around me. Enable me to see what needs to be done and then give me the ability and wisdom to accomplish the task You have laid before me. In dark times, help me to remember that all things are in Your Hand and that trials are lessons masked in difficulty, sometimes painful, but always working good for me and for others.