I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalms 32:8 NRSV
In the trades, an apprentice is assigned to work under the tutelage of a master. In business, the trainee is assigned a mentor. The idea is that the fledgling worker can learn valuable information from the teacher. They help to navigate the unknown and provide practical advice to accomplish challenging tasks. An excellent teacher is invaluable to the organization because their interest lies in both the success of the student and the organization.
One of God's roles, he has so many, is our Master. He provides us with written instruction, the Bible, and one-on-one 24/7 365 assistance in the Holy Spirit. He keeps us constantly in his watchful eye but gives us room to learn. Of course, as part of that learning, we will make mistakes, But God is okay with that; it is part of the learning process.
So far, we've only talked about the teacher, but another half of the equation is the student. For the relationship to work, the student must utilize the master. If students fail to tap into their knowledge and talents, they miss valuable information If they fail to listen to the master, in their ignorance, they will also make far more mistakes.
God our Master, thank you for your patience, love, and guidance. We confess we are not always good apprentices. We fail to listen and obey. Forgive us; we pray and open our ears to hear and our hearts to follow. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.