Friday, April 25, 2014

DEVOTION ~The Good Tutor ~ by Pam Ford Davis

I relied on the aid of a tutor when cramming for my GED examinations. It was workable, yet, a humbling arrangement. I was currently teaching the young man’s college & career Sunday school class, when we had our temporary role reversals. He became algebra teacher and I, his inadequate student. With gratitude, I listened, learned and passed necessary exams.

Earlier, I learned under the tutorage of my dad. Before beginning kindergarten, he taught me his bunny ears method of tying my shoes. I vividly recall his teaching me the art of balancing my weight on a 24-inch bike. He held the back of my bicycle seat, running behind until he sensed I could solo. The Lord’s law serves as tutor.

“But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:23-26 NKJ).
A good tutor hopes to work him or herself out of their job. My algebra instructor did not sign a lifetime contract; his goal was clear. He intended to teach the basics of algebra, expecting me to study until gaining confidence needed, to pass upcoming tests. In regards to my Dad’s shoe tying and bike lessons, he patiently taught until I could do the tying or riding unassisted.

The Lord Jesus is patient and kind, knowing I can never make it through life alone. Without direct contact to him, I fail miserably. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; form without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5 NKJ). 

Did you catch that? I can do nothing (of eternal value) without Christ.

Pam Ford Davis was born and raised in Central NY State. She is a wife, mother and grandmother, currently living on a gourd farm in rural community of Epps, Home of historical Poverty Point Indian Mounds. With a twenty-year career in both radio and television, she has interest in music and media. She also collects teapots and old hymnals.

Pam is a freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction, with devotional writing her first love. She has had articles published in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal and more. 


  1. Thank you, Pam, for your thoughtful post. I was especially challenged by that very last sentence. God bless!

  2. Anything I try to do outside of Christ is simply an exercise in futility! Thank you, Pam, for this well thought out devotion.

  3. Thank you Pam for sharing this devotion. I appreciate your input, and you're right.The Lord is THE best of tutors!

  4. Lovely post, Pam. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

  5. Thanks so much for encouraging comments!

    Wing His Words,