It is a paradox when the wisest man that ever lived – King Solomon, advises us not lean on our own understanding. Surely the purpose of wisdom and knowledge acquisition is to have a foundation, a base of our thoughts and actions?
If we are are to acquire wisdom, what good does it do if we cannot rely on it?
Instead, Solomon says ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart’. This reveals the dichotomy of wisdom versus faith. Reasoning and believing are binary options we must choose from.
In the days of Christ’s earthly ministry (A Greater than Solomon), He came to a startling conclusion. He thanked the Father that the truth of the age was hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed to the ‘babes’ and simpletons.
How could it be? The Pharisees were the intellectual giants of Jewish theology. Each of them had invested many years of learning, discipline and argument to attain to the scholastic levels required to be a teacher of the law. The scribes and the priests too who were custodians and devoted students of the prophetic scrolls were wise and prudent. Yet they failed to see that Jesus was the Messiah.
They were leaning to their understanding and missed the object of their learning: the desire of all ages – Christ. What they sought was simply revealed to those who could accept it in its simplicity.
Which brings us to revelation. No one can ‘learn’ God except it is revealed to him. The knowledge of God cannot be attained by intellectual deduction. If it was, the Pharisees and scribes would be chosen for the twelve disciples. Infact, Jesus would have been crowned the High Priest, instead of suffering a cursed death for our sins.
It was revelation that opened Peter’s eyes to the identity of Christ. He rightly identified Him as the Son of God.
To the greatest thinkers of the age, Christ was an impostor, a Beelzebub, the Prince of devils masquerading as a holy man.
These learned folk admittedly were a minority of the Israelite population at the time. Forty years later, in 70 A.D, when Jerusalem was destroyed, the flower of Jewish learning was destroyed as well. The intellectual elite perished in their numbers. Why? The were blinded by their superiority complex and had missed their day of visitation.
The Christian folk, largely ‘ignorant and unlearned’ escaped the destruction. They had been warned by revelation. They were instructed to watch for the signs. Once the signs were manifested they were to run for dear life. They did.
Revelation comes only to the trusting not the knowing. Those who hearts are wide open will receive the knowledge that comes from above. Those who are proud and knowing will not know, while those begin from the point of unknowing will become all knowing. From knowing in part of earth, then they will know even as they are known.
Trust in the Lord, lean not to the understating garnered by years of manmade gospel.
In the great, bloodless contest with reasoning and revelation, leaning to revelation is the only option for those who want to stand after the storm’s judgement wrath is passed.