I was privileged recently to overhear two university students talking about school. Invariably their conversation led to lecturers and it was not surprising to observe the grain of their conversation; a lecturer was deemed good or bad to the extent that his/her exams were "passable." They spoke of lecturers who, from every indication, wanted their students to successfully sit their examinations. These lecturers would go the extra mile: offer make-up exams, give individualized feedback, offer extra tutorial hours, give the same examination twice (allowing everyone to score in the 90s).
In speaking of a particularly difficult lecturer one student said to the other in reference to a particular course, "Pray that you don't get her...."
If you've ever gone to school, then you can certainly relate to the above; your encounter with a teacher will dictate how you view him/her, and that will ultimately decide whether or not you'll be inclined to do future courses with him/her - or how you'll talk about him/her to fellow students.
If David were a student today and God was a teacher whom he had before; then listening to David talk, you'll certainly want to sit God's course. "Please let me fall into the hand of the Lord," said he "for his mercies are very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man. Verse 13. This is like a student hoping that he/she will get Mr/Miss X for that final course before graduation (too close to the end to risk failing).
Of a truth, David's God does not want us to fail (die); he wants us to pass (live). And that is indeed God's reputation - no one who comes to Him and who does all that He says will fail... ever. "I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jer 29: 11. James tells us also, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” 1: 5. But there is no free grade, catch this, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jer. 29: 13. The question is, are you willing to register for His course?
Father in Heaven, it is so good to know that the one who has life unborrowed, and underived desires to share this life with us. We graciously accept the offer, in Jesus' name, amen.
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