Sunday, February 1, 2009

Where Will I Ever Use This

As a teacher of mathematics, I am constantly asked by my students where they will ever use the math that they are learning. Many times I can give them some real-life applications or careers that utilize the particular math skill I am teaching. But sometimes, it is hard to pin-point exactly how they will use the skill because of the rapid changes in technology. And sometimes, a particular skill they are learning is a prerequisite skill for a more advanced one. It may not be clear to them at the moment, but in time after they learn a few more things, it all comes together. It is like trying to explain to a Kindergartner that the reason they are learning their letters is because one day they fill have to fill out a tax-return form. To their young mind, that makes no sense. But one day, they will "get" it.

The same is true about the will of God. I have struggled with a few concepts of faith. I do want to trust God 100%, but sometimes I just can not understand why He is allowing certain things to happen. I know He is teaching me a valuable lesson, even though I may not totally understand the "value" of it at the moment. So I need to follow the same advice I give my students. I tell them to simply trust me, and the reason why they are learning the math skill will become clear to them soon. Shouldn't I also be trusting God that one day, I too will understand all He is teaching me? He is the Master Teacher, and as long as we stay open to His leading, we will come out a much better student.

Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we don't see."

Father, I want to learn all You will teach me. Even though I don't always understand today, I have faith You will make it all clear to me tomorrow. In Jesus name, Amen.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely Love this devotion!!!!!!