January 30, 2019
Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that I would know your unfailing love.
Scripture: Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:7-8 NIV
Report card time can be agonizing. Adding up the grades that each student has earned is only fun when you have students who are all passing. Unfortunately, we also experience those who fail. To see that “F” on a report card makes my stomach churn and my heart sink. How about you?
What causes a student to fail? Is it a lack of interest, effort, or understanding? Was it that they really could not do it, or did they deem it too hard before they even tried? Did they lack previous knowledge to build upon? Were they not prepared, or did they just refuse to follow through? In your experiences, why did a student fail a test or subject?
Have you ever failed at something? Why? Today’s verse begins with the Psalmist, David, crying out to God because his spirit fails. His life is in turmoil, He is stretched and stressed beyond words and David knows that nothing on earth can comfort him but only God’s love and guidance. Has your spirit ever failed? Did you search for earthly things for help? What type of things does the world look to for comfort during hard times? Are they unfailing?
God’s love is unfailing. God alone has all the interest, effort and understanding of your life and your situation. He does not lack previous knowledge; having knit you together in your mother’s womb, He knows and has seen every moment of your life. Nothing catches Him off guard; He is always prepared and always follows through. He is faithful, unswerving, and perfect. Why would we look to anyone or anything else? If we want to assure an “A+” we must resolve to put God and His ways in the center of our attention, affection and actions.
Many of you now have the ability to put your grades on a web site where students and parents can view their grades throughout the semester. This is a great tool for helping the students to see how they are progressing and what they need to do to succeed. With this online tool – or even posting grades regularly by ID or code numbers in your classroom – there are no surprises at the end of the term when there is nothing they can do to change their results. God has done the same for you and me. His Word tells us everything we need to know in believing, trusting, obeying and following Him. He is the perfect teacher and He has given us all of the information we need to meet His standards and pass His tests. When life’s chaos and concerns swirl around us and we feel our spirit fail, always remember you have a God who never does!
Copyright Kathy Branzell. Email kbranzell.ceai.org