Some weeks ago, as @thelafamily studied the book of 1 Kings 13, we read the story of the old prophet and the young prophet. The young prophet received clear instructions from God yet he disobeyed because he had a good reason to. He disobeyed because the older prophet whom he likely respected and looked up to offered him a contrary opinion. The older prophet said to the younger one, “I too am a prophet as you are…” The prophet did not receive a reprimand from God and it was his sons that picked up the young prophet’s corpse for burial after he was destroyed for his disobedience. That got me thinking very seriously about what informs my choices. Am I depending on my intelligence vs. choosing to obey fully whatever instructions God gives me? Is my analytical mind standing in the way of my obedience?
We all have strong opinions about issues, sometimes; we even base important decisions on the opinions of others we respect. Think about it, we crave good advice and SOMETIMES, we like good advice so much that we follow good advice instead of God’s advice because God’s advice does not always ‘feel good’. For some reason, we increasingly think that because certain people are famous, popular, professionally qualified, or rich, we need to do what they say instead of exactly what the Bible says. Many of us know exactly what the Bible says but we think that God respects our reasons for disobedience especially when we assume that we can offer God a superior argument based on critical reasoning. If the Bible says yes, the answer is yes. If the Bible says no then the answer is no. Anything outside of that is not of God even if it appears intelligent, noble or compassionate. The Kingdom of the world elevates reasoning above obedience but the Kingdom of God puts obedience first. What system am I living by and what results do I expect?
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence (1 Corinthians 1:26-29(KJV)
The enemy wanted Eve to eat of the fruit so that she could make intelligent decisions completely apart from God hence the reference to them becoming “gods”. If they touched that tree in disobedience to God they would no longer be God’s representatives, they would run their own show. The same deception that worked in the Garden of Eden is working all over the Body of Christ. In our pride, we want to be gods instead of being God’s, so like Eve, we reason and want to do what we think is best within the given situation instead of just doing what God says. We are just too smart to obey God’s Word. So you get the point! You either obey God and represent the Kingdom of God on this earth, or you disobey Him and get kicked out of the place He designed for you. Adam and Eve were in luxury and delight as long as they obeyed God. As soon as they chose the path of intelligence over obedience, they were subjected to the curse. (Genesis 3:17-19)
It didn’t matter that Jesus Christ was the Son of God; He still chose to do the will of His Father. He must have been smart enough to make His own decisions but He chose not be like Adam and Eve. He chose obedience over intelligence.
It is a personal struggle for me; subjecting my analytical decision making process to the leadership of the Holy Ghost especially when many things He asks me to do make no sense. All the same, I have decided to obey exactly what God commands; also I now try to obey immediately, before my mind gets an opportunity to over process and analyze the instruction. Now, don’t get me wrong, I check by the word and the Spirit because the Spiritual man ‘judges’ all things and as soon as I confirm that it is in line with God’s word, I obey. So this is not in any way encouraging brainwashed doctrines been passed around in the name of obeying God, like people eating grass. I am speaking about clear Godly instructions that we tend to rationalise our way out of.
I choose obedience over intelligence. What about you?
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