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!!