Saturday, August 30, 2014

Okay smarty pants.... Dummy up!

New International Version
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.  Luke 10: 21

We are not necessarily at an advantage when we are smart or intelligent. Smart and intelligent is a good thing for taking tests, makes us better learners in some situations and
looks good in a resume if it has led us to success in academic endeavors. Yet, these
abilities can become a real stumbling block when it comes to our ability to accept the
miraculous, accept the things that we weren't meant to understand regardless of our
I Q score. It can become a hazard when it comes to matters of faith and our eternal
souls.

Being human, and let's assume for a moment, somewhat smart, brings the habit of
accepting only that which can be proven. Empiricists we tend to be, relying on that
which we can observe and that which can be recreated and thus proven to happen 
multiple times. "If you expect me to believe that, better show that it is true." It's 
just the nature of our educational system, the scientific method and, quite frankly,
our inability to accept the fact that there are things our there that we were never meant
to understand.

How about a virgin conception?  That doesn't happen! How about calming the winds
and waves with a word? What about being transformed into a creature of immaculate
light only to be returned to a normal state, speaking for a man dead several days to
come out of his tomb. rising from death to resurrection, ascending into the heavens
with the full promise of a similar return when all will take to their knees? 

That which is miraculous is absolutely tied to the concept of faith. One cannot
have faith without a realization that there are miraculous things that God has
designed that we, as humans, cannot, will not and shall not be able to prove.... ever.
We are hindered by our own maturity into adulthood, hindered by losing the child-like,
not childish, ability to accept a truth in the heart.  We are just too smart for our own
well-being and when that creates a block between us and God that leads to unbelief...
well that's a truly frightening thing!

So dummy up, won't you. Take to your knees and ask God to strengthen your belief
and dissolve your doubt. Your eternal existence depends upon it!

Praise God!