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Wordly Knowledge vs. Godly Wisdom

“At that time Jesus 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.’ ”

– Matthew 11:25,26

Have you ever known someone who was really educated and smart, but at the same time, not that wise? If you have spent a significant amount of time at a university or place of research, most likely you have encountered this kind of person. One with a big ego and who is wrapped up in their IQ, their published studies, and their clout. Because of all that they have learned on a worldly scale, they are saturated. In their eyes, they don’t need advice from anyone. As the old Zen proverb goes, their cup is so full that they have no room for tea. In other words, by their pride, they have surrendered their capacity to inherit true wisdom. 

Like the person described above, this may have been the mentality of the people Jesus was dealing with as He uttered the words of Matthew 11:25,26. Having recently rebuked the unrepentant towns that had repeatedly rejected His miracles, He was frustrated and upset at the people’s unwillingness to see the powerful new thing He was doing in their midst. Because they were set in their ways and certain that they had all they needed, they gave up their ability to perceive something fresh. I know I’ve had moments when I’ve been this person — when the Lord was clearly doing something in my church or in someone’s heart, but because of my own religiosity and ego, I was blind to it. 

Friend, I encourage you to pray daily for humility of heart and for eyes that see through the lens of the Kingdom of God! Develop a childlike faith and trust in the power and goodness of Jesus, and reject the mistaken belief that you already know it all. Allow the Lord to soften your heart and seek to maintain a posture of confident expectation. As you do, you will see amazing things begin to happen!!

Prayer


I ask you, Jesus, to humble my heart and keep my eyes open to the wonder of your Kingdom as it unfolds before me. May I never be blinded by my own pride.

Reflection


Has your “knowledge” ever kept you from perceiving a move of God that was happening right in front of you?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

One thought on “Wordly Knowledge vs. Godly Wisdom

  1. Dee Jacobson says:

    AMEN! Proverbs 9:10 also comes to mind. Thank you and Bless you Bobby.

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