Sometimes it can be rather difficult finding favor in a select few of our students, amen? Just keeping it honest, dear teachers! Nevertheless, we should actively be on the lookout to favor students despite their faults. After all, if we wait until our students deserve it, it wouldn’t be favor, and, I might add, God doesn’t wait till we deserve it either!
Favor and grace in Genesis 6:8 are interchangeable. In fact, those two words are interchangeable in many bible verses. The following passage in Exodus 33: 12-19 is especially interesting as far as finding favor (grace) in our students is concerned:
12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’13 Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”
14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”
17 And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Notice Moses imperatively states the only way others would know he and the Israelites had found favor (grace) with the Lord is –
He (Moses) knew the Lord’s ways. (Do our students know our ways? If we know the Lord’s ways, then they will mimic us and therefore the Lord.)
The Lord’s presence was with them. (Are we watching over our students?)
The Lord gave them rest. (Are our students at ease when they are in our classroom?)
He and the Israelites were distinct. (Do we and our students stand out?) 🙂
Just like favor made a life determining difference in Moses and the Israelites, teachers can make a big difference in students’ lives when we show them favor as well. Granted, sometimes it’s difficult and sometimes we fail to do it, but we can repent as we remind ourselves it’s a complete game changer!
My challenge for us all this week is to be extenders of grace – God’s unmerited favor – not only for the difficult students we teach, but for the quiet ones that want to fly under the radar as well. Find favor, dear Christian teacher, and be a life changer.
God bless you in your classroom this week as you find much favor in your students and dole it out graciously and lavishly! Until next week, stay devoted.