Devotional: From Enrolment to Graduation
What man is he that feareth the LORD?
Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose . . .
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him . . .
PSALM 25:12, 14
When God sets out to teach man, He chooses His students on the basis of character—not intellectual ability, or academic degrees, or social standing. He looks for an inner attitude of the heart toward Himself: reverent submission and respect.
Furthermore, God sets the curriculum. He teaches such a man “in the way that he [God] shall choose.” Often this is not the way we would choose for ourselves. We might incline toward themes of prophecy or revelation that seem profound, whereas God’s curriculum might focus on what is humble and down-to-earth: service, sacriﬁce, faithfulness. For those who submit to God’s instruction, there is a wonderful reward: “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him.”
In human relationships, we share our secrets only with those we trust. Likewise, when God shares His secrets with us, it is proof we have earned His trust. It is our certiﬁcate of graduation.
This is beautifully illustrated in the relationship of Jesus to His disciples. After He had put them through three years of rigorous discipline, He told them: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
First, Jesus Himself learned from the Father through perfect submission to Him. Then He in turn passed on all He had learned from the Father to those who submitted in like manner to Him. God still chooses His students on the same basis. Neither His requirements nor His curriculum have changed.
Lord, I desire to be such a student that in Your time You will share Your secrets with me.
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