DAY 20: THAT HE WILL HAVE A TEACHABLE HEART
The mind of a smart person is eager to get knowledge [that’s a mark of intelligence!], and the wise person listens to learn more.
For [a]whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a yearning for truth], even what he has will be taken away from him.
Mighty warriors who desire to grow mightier are teachable.
A teachable heart is one with the willingness to learn, unlearn, and relearn. It’s not a heart pegged on “I know it all” attitude.
It’s a heart of humility since it’s always ready to receive from others regardless of their status quo or present condition. It’s a heart that receives knowledge and takes action based on what is beneficial and prudent. While it’s cognizant of the free will to exercise ones choice, it’s a heart that doesn’t lean on it’s own understanding, but God’s will over the self will.
A teachable heart is one that paves way for all other character traits to bud from. It is a heart of flesh, ready to be pummeled, pruned, molded, all for the glory of the Holy Lord.
Jesus kept rebuking the Pharisees because of their haughty spirit. Since they were teachers of the law, they secluded themselves as the elite, the “right” and chosen pilgrim on the journey to heaven.
In contrast to them, there was a man called David. A shepherd boy who turned out to be the king over Israel.
He wasn’t perfect. He was far from it.
A man who committed sins that I would personally consider “too much.” Yet with all that, the Lord calls him, ‘a man after His heart.’
It’s implausible to think how a Holy God would say that about David, but if you look at David’s heart, it was one that was teachable.
He received the Word of the Lord with the humility of a child, not in folly like Nabal. He was willing to learn from the Lord. He wasn’t just remoseful about his ways, but was always repentant of his frailties, and too drastic changes after an encounter with Jesus Christ.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
A teachable husband will be quick to agree with the Lord about his sins and transgressions and ask for the grace to change.
A teachable husband will receive the wife’s correction in love and not in haughtiness.
He will refuse to be a master over his wife, instead be her long life student. Proverbs 10:14 says, “Wise men store up knowledge.” He will consider his wife an equal in the journey of life, and still be humble enough to inquire from her what he doesn’t know or isn’t sure about.
A teachable husband is one that stops to listen, not simply talk. If a husband is not listening, then he’s not learning, and if he’s not learning, he’s not growing.
This is where the old cliché comes in: “God gave us two ears and one mouth,” so we should listen twice as much as we speak.
A teachable heart is inclined to surrender and keeps off a pride from taking root in his heart.
A teachable heart is one that grows in wisdom.
We need to pray that our husbands will be teachable. While they ought to lead, leadership isn’t lordship.
We need to pray that they will lead as men who will be quick to agree with the Lord about everything.
That they will agree with the Lord on their sins, what they are convicted about, what they should not do, where they should go, who they should be with and the direction they should take.
That the Lord will give them a heart of flesh. A heart that is easy to mold.
That they will carry their cross, take on the yoke of Christ and LEARN FROM HIM, as they learn from other godly men placed in their lives at different seasons to cause growth in them.
Heavenly Father in Jesus name I thank you once again for this day. You are a great teacher, yet a humble servant. You taught in great humility when you walked on earth and still does through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I pray that my husband will be teachable. That he will desire knowledge and wisdom from you.
I pray that he will have a mellow heart. A heart of flesh ready to learn and grow in you.
May he be faithful student to you and to me too. I pray that as he learns from you, he will develop humility to learn from me too. To study me and know my needs, to study us and adapt to our growth too.
Jesus you are able to keep him focussed on what is right, pure, noble, just, worthy, and of good report. I pray that we will be two irons who sharpen each other in grace.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen