Today I received a long overdue spiritual punch in the mouth (one of the many sayings I learned to love while at camp a few years back). I have been solely focused on what I want to learn, not what HE wants to teach me.
I will be starting my sophomore year of college in three weeks. What if I told you that a course existed where the professor only taught what you asked to learn about? What if they only told you the things that you wanted to hear? Sounds great, doesn’t it? My course would look something like this: we would never meet before noon, homework would not exist, and there would be no exams. If you have half as much sense as I’m giving you credit for, you’re thinking this sounds absolutely ridiculous. What professor would only teach lessons students want to hear? College students have no idea what they actually need to know, myself included. We think we have it all together. We pick classes that we think will teach us something valuable. We act like nothing can touch us.
Walking with the Lord is a lot like being a college student. You’re probably wondering what the heck I am talking about. Well, it’s 1:30 am and I am about as distracted writing this as I am writing a term paper. Seriously, I’m switching between playing Candy Crush and looking at wedding boards on Pinterest. Like I said, walking with the Lord is a lot like being a college student. In college the professor is preparing their students for an exam later on in the semester. The professor will provide assignments to help refine the students understanding of the subject. The knowledge the students are being given may now seem irrelevant but will be necessary at a later time. The professor will even be there for their students to review tests and help prepare them for the next.
Now think about this… Allow me to replace college with this world, the professor with God, and the college student with you. In this world God is preparing you for trials later on in life. God will provide assignments to help refine your understanding of the Him. The knowledge you are being given may now seem irrelevant but will be necessary at a later time. God will even be there for you to learn from your previous trials in preparation for the next. Alright, so I didn’t quite follow that verbatim but you get the point. Each day God is providing me with knowledge or scripture to prepare me for trials later in life, he is giving me the answers to the tests I don’t even know about. He is there to help me learn from my past and prepare for my future. Considering most college students have no idea what they actually need to know, I am personally grateful that God removes that guesswork for his children.
Let’s not be that college student informing the professor what they should be teaching (because we all know that never goes over well). Instead of telling God what we want to learn, let’s wait and see what his lesson plan has in store for us. He desires to teach us, we simply must be willing to listen.