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The Greatest Teacher

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October 11, 2021 8:00 pm

The Greatest Teacher

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October 11, 2021 8:00 pm

“I don’t get it!” My daughter slapped her pencil down on the desk. She was working on a math assignment, and I’d just begun my “job” as a homeschooling mom/teacher. We were in trouble. I couldn’t recall what I’d learned thirty-five years ago about changing decimals into fractions. I couldn’t teach her something I didn’t already know, so we watched an online teacher explain the skill.

As human beings, we’ll struggle at times with things we don’t know or understand. But not God; He’s the all-knowing One—the omniscient One. Isaiah wrote, “Who can . . . instruct the Lord as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:13–14). The answer? No one!        

Humans have intelligence because God created us in His own image. Still, our intelligence is just an inkling of His. Our knowledge relies on what others have learned before us, but God knows everything from eternity past to eternity future (Psalm 147:5). Our knowledge is increasing today with the aid of technology, but we still get things wrong. Jesus, however, knows all things “immediately, simultaneously, exhaustively and truly,” as one theologian put it.

No matter how much humans advance in knowledge, we’ll never surpass Christ’s all-knowing status. We’ll always need Him to bless our understanding and to teach us what’s good and true.

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Hi, Our Daily Bread family, and thanks for joining us for today's devotional reading. It was written by Jennifer Benson Schult, and she titled it The Greatest Teacher. I don't get it. My daughter slapped her pencil down on her desk. She was working on a math assignment and I'd just begun my job as a homeschooling mom-slash-teacher. We were in trouble. I couldn't recall what I'd learned 35 years ago about changing decimals into fractions.

I couldn't teach her something I didn't already know, so we watched an online teacher explain the skill. As human beings, we'll struggle at times with things we don't know or understand. But not God. He's the all-knowing one, the omniscient one. Isaiah wrote, Who can instruct the Lord as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding? The answer?

No one. Humans have intelligence because God created us in his own image. Still, our intelligence is just an inkling of his. Our knowledge is limited, but God knows everything from eternity past to eternity future.

Our knowledge is increasing today with the aid of technology, but we still get things wrong. Jesus, however, knows all things immediately, simultaneously, exhaustively, and truly, as one theologian put it. No matter how much humans advance in knowledge, we'll never surpass Christ's all-knowing status. We'll always need him to bless our understanding and to teach us what's good and true. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Isaiah chapter 40, verses 12 through 14. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on scales in the hills in a balance? Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord or instruct the Lord as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way?

Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding? Let's pray. Dear Jesus, thank you for the intelligence and ability to think and reason that you have built into the human mind. You possess all knowledge and wisdom, and we desperately need you to teach us. Help us to keep a humble heart before you so we are always ready to learn whatever you have to teach us. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Alisha Reisinger, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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