Saturday, September 12, 2009

Confusion, obedience, simplicity...

Interesting quote from Oswald Chambers:

"You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put His pressure, then obey Him in that matter. Bring all your "arguments and....every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" regarding the matter, and everything will become clear as daylight to you. Your reasoning capacity will come later, but reasoning is not how we see. We see like children, and when we try to be wise we see nothing (matt 11.25)." 

I am inclined to agree. It reminds me of when i was young and i used to wonder why God didn't want Adam & Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In all my reasoning i figured that surely it must be good to understand good and evil, but later i realised that actually the wisdom that man acquired at the fall, from this tree, wasn't real wisdom, but simply the ability to decide for themselves. By wanting to know, it just meant that man wanted to take matters into their own hands, rather than simply taking God at His word. Our whole mindset and thinking and understanding stems from this source... a fallen source... whatever we do based on human wisdom, whether it's good or bad, a strength or weakness, even if it makes perfect still comes from this source... "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil".... "human wisdom"..... man's own decisions.... & in this there is NO LIFE.... even if man considers it to be a highly intelligent, wise & great idea. 

Anyway, if we live by the wisdom of God instead, then surely it means everything should come from the other source.... the tree of Life.... Jesus...... His word, His promises..... rather than trying to understand everything and come up with our own decisions, we take Him at His word, and humbly obey.... just like a child.... we simply trust. No wonder God hates human wisdom so much and says He'll destroy it (1 corin 1.19) No wonder He says He'll make the humble wise.... i guess they are the ones who recognise their weakness and let Jesus be their source, and that is true wisdom. Because of this i am inclined to say that the smallest child who follows after God is a thousand times wiser than the most intelligent man on Earth. Even if we don't understand God's ways, we must be rooted in them. Being someone who thinks FAR too much, this is something i need to constantly remind myself of.

"... the simplicity that is in Christ..." - 2 Corin 11.3

1 comment:

Hannah said...

well that's very profound, i never understood the adam and eve thing either but now i think i do! and quite handy as this is the story i'm doing in my youth bible study tomorrow (we're going through te bible in order of history!)