Are We Slow Learners of Life’s Lessons?

slow-learnersOh, how we wish we could learn something the very first time God shows us. Fiona shares.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘How long will you refuse to keep My commands and My instructions?'” (Exodus 16:28).

“Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years He gave them into the hands of the Midianites.” (Judges 6:1).

“He (Amon) did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done. He walked in all the ways of his father; he worshiped the idols his father had worshiped, and bowed down to them. He forsook the Lord, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord” (2 Kings 21:20-22).

Sometimes it seems I write about the same things many times. You might think that if you’ve been reading my devotionals too!

I can think back to times I’ve written about something I learned, yet God seems to be bringing it to mind again. Maybe I’ve just reached a point where I need reminding. I joke about being a slow learner, but I’m probably not alone in thinking that.

The children of Israel often needed reminding of the same things over and over. Moses told them they needed to obey God’s commands, yet they’d fall into bad habits, or disregard the teaching, face punishment, need to start over again.

The Kings and judges, would serve God for a time, then revert to old behaviors and sinful ways.

Why didn’t they get it? Surely it was obvious they needed to heed God and His commands.

So while these slow learners may have made some bad mistakes, maybe they also show us how God is a God of compassion. He gives second chances and new opportunities to do things better next time.

We do fall into the same traps, sometimes over and over again.

Some new concern demanding our attention–why aren’t we trusting that God is still in control of this, just as He’s been many times before?

Feeling useless–when we know God is still finding useful things for us to do.

Finding it hard to wait–God’s timing is not our timing.

Trying to do it on our own–knowing we only succeed in God’s strength.

How do we wake up and stop those feelings?

I’m hoping, it’s by seeking to know God better; finding a peace in His plans for us; strengthening our faith; and holding on to the hope we have in Him.

Prayer: Father, at times we can be very slow learners, falling into the same traps and mindsets that have been unhelpful to us before. Thank You that You forgive us. Help us to learn from these mistakes and grow in our knowledge of, and relationship with, You. Amen.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He continues to teach her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.

Do you think of yourself as a slow learner at times? What helps you prevent the same mistakes next time?

This is Shane Harper singing “Hold You Up” and it shares about the angels and how they gather around us to hold us up. When we are having those struggles–whether physically or spiritually–they not only fight off the demons that come after us, but they hold us up. This is one of those days I needed to heart this and maybe you do too. -Lisa

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