“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? . . . Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” (Ezek. 18:23)

Seventeen-year-old Justin discussed his science fair project, a static electricity generator, with Mr. Quinn, his physics teacher. A recent transfer student, Justin had heard rumor after rumor of how hard of a teacher Mr. Quinn was and expected him to find every flaw in the project. One new friend even told Justin to allow time to redo all of his work if he expected to receive a top grade for his presentation. A veteran teacher, Mr. Quinn detected Justin’s anxiety and asked, “Why so nervous today?”

Justin replied, “Everyone told me you’d tear apart my project.”

Mr. Quinn replied, “You’re still new here, aren’t you, Justin? Get to know me for yourself. I’m here to help you. And your project looks fine.”

A common misconception is that God is “out to get us” rather than eager to help us. This wrong thinking prevents many people from approaching God to ask for His assistance. God doesn’t want to see us fail; rather, He delights in seeing us discover the fullness of life He offers. Have you made this discovery yourself? Spend time getting to know God’s plan for you by studying what the Bible says about His commandments and promises. Then accept His correction for your sins and mistakes and ask Him to help you live a life that both pleases Him and provides godly joy to you.

Gain a correct view of God by studying His Word.

Paul Zinter serves as a substitute teacher and enjoys writing, bread making, and teaching at his local church.

© 2017 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.