"Pay Attention" - DAY #7: Firm Foundation October 21-Day Devotional

Saturday, October 14, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

  Pay Attention 

Isaiah 30:20-21 "...Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, But your eyes shall see your teachers. 21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.

While we can learn a lot on our own, we learn best from those who have expertise and training. We also benefit from paying attention to persons gifted to preach and teach. Preaching inspires us, but teaching trains us. You can run fast after great preaching, but you will run long after good teaching. This is especially true for our prosperity – spirit, soul, and body.

Isaiah spoke a word of restoration to his generation, and we speak to our generation. Verse 19 begin by saying, "For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more." In order to dwell successfully in any place and to avoid the weeping that comes from our own errors, we need teachers.

We need Bible teachers as well as mentors and instructors who have knowledge and skill in our areas of need. Some of the worse teachers are your friends and non-parent family members, who are more committed to making you happy than telling you the truth.

As the text indicates, teachers often end up moved into a "corner" because they are not saying what people want to hear. It is foolish not to listen to a teacher who has walked the path you are attempting to walk, just because you don't like how the teaching makes you feel sometimes. A good teacher isn't as concerned about your feelings as your welfare.

Take Isaiah's advice, go find and listen to your teachers. When you hear their voice, you will also hear God's voice saying, "Here is the way, walk in it."

When you listen, learn and do, your wandering and weeping will come to an end.

REFLECTION QUESTION: In addition to the Lord, who do you need to pay attention to?