Teach Me

“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray. How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove?
Job 6:24-25
Teach Me
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”  Or at least that’s the old saying.  It’s meant to convey the sense of stubbornness we often find in our old age.  But Job bucks this old adage.  He is advanced in years, has been successful in life up to his recent misfortunes, he is not the picture of humility the world would paint, not someone we would expect to be open to new ways of thinking.  Yet Job cries out, “Teach me!”  He invites his friends to give him some guidance which he can use to make sense of his situation.  He wants and craves sage advice to deal with this suffering.  But the teachings of men are always lacking.  They are always tainted with the ideas and reasoning of the old Adam in us.  True knowledge comes from only one place, the source of truth itself, Christ. “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20). It is only in Christ where we will find understand and truth. It is in Him alone where we are taught the truth of salvation. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). It is in our Holy Spirit given faith where we are taught to know Jesus as our Savior, and it is in this same faith where we can confess what we know to be the truth, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jon 1:14).
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