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::Devotional:: ‘Can God Help Me Learn Algebra?’

February 26, 2010

We all have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to academics.  We may be great in science but weak in english, and maybe even weaker in math.  Students might be the largest group of people requesting miracles in the world.  “Lord, please help me get an A on this test!”  Is it possible for God to do that?  Can God help me learn Algebra?

First, let’s remind ourselves that all things come from God, even Algebra, and nothing is impossible for God.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities –all things have been created through Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:15-17

For nothing is impossible with God.  Luke 1:37

Also, there are four young men in the Old Testament that are worth taking a quick look at as we try to answer this question.  Daniel, Hananiah, Misahel, and Azariah were four young men from the city of Jerusalem in the kingdom of Judah who were captured by king Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians and taken in exile back to Babylon.  You may already recognize Daniel and would probably remember the other three by their Babylonian names Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  These young men were put into a Babylonian training program to become servants of the king.

The training program was based on education.  In fact, king Nebuchadnezzar ordered his chief court official to personally oversee the training of these young men and teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.  One small problem the young men faced was that during this training they were to eat from the table of the king.  Sounds great right?  However, the diet of food which came from the king’s table was considered unclean in God’s eyes and they knew they would be disobedient to the Lord if they ate it.  Daniel proposed to the chief official that by allowing them to only eat vegetables they would continue to be healthy and yet still not defile themselves in God’s eyes.  Reluctantly the official granted Daniel’s request and was surprised when ten days later the young men were actually healthier and better nourished than anyone else in the program.  That was all the convincing the official needed and from that point on they were given just the vegetables to eat.

The Bible says that in addition to this little miracle of vegetable nourishment, God granted these four young men something amazing, an education.

To these for your men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.  And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.  Daniel 1:17

You may have already known that God is the one who delivers knowledge and understanding when it comes to the things of God, but did you ever think that He can deliver them when it comes to literature and learning?  The Babylonians were not God honoring people, yet God granted these four young men and education in their literature and learning.  Why?   To bring glory to His name and blessings to His people.

The scripture goes on to tell us that after the training was complete, all the trainees were brought before king Nebuchadnezzar to be examined and tested.  As he tested these four young men he was amazed at their wisdom and understanding.

In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.  Daniel 1:20

Interestingly enough, the Babylonians were not simply an uneducated group of barbaric people.  Unique to the cultures of their day even the women were educated in reading and writing.  Libraries were very common and they were on the cutting edge of the technology of their day.  They actually invented many technologies that were improved upon later like metal-working, glass blowing, water storage, and even irrigation.  In fact, their water storage and irrigation systems helped them to create the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world.  And just think, God granted four young men an education ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters of the entire kingdom of Babylon.

Can God help me learn Algebra? Sure He can, He is capable of doing anything.  Will God help me learn Algebra?  Of course He will, especially since in doing so you will give Him credit for it.  Maybe your big thing is not Algebra, but rather a new skill you need at work.  Perhaps you’ve taken on a new position with new responsibilities.  Maybe it’s a subject you are struggling with as you try to get your college degree.  Maybe  it’s just something you are trying to learn to help you study God’s word better.  Whatever it is, know that God can help you; even with Algebra.

-Stay Rooted Col 2:7-

One Comment leave one →
  1. Pat Turner permalink
    February 26, 2010 11:09 am

    Algebra was hard for me in school. I know the teachers probably had a hard time teaching it. This is a good devotion.

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