When I was young, I thought I wasn’t very smart. Read through the bible a few times and got my degree and, all of a sudden, I’m the smartest guy in the room.
Then I meet a kid who is explaining advanced differential equations to a PhD. I hear a pastor saying to his staff that God has revealed himself to the pastor in a way that they couldn’t handle.
May not be the smartest, but I’m not the dumbest.
Only then do I realize that my arrogance, the arrogance I see revealed in others and our collective intelligence is pitiful in comparison to the true smartest guy in the room.
Yet I hold on to my pride, my shame, my fear, my self-sufficiency and rage against my God who sees through it all. And then find myself on my knees, claiming dependence, my desperate need of Him.
And, He sees through that too.
I can’t argue people into heaven. I can’t impress them with my intellect, my giftedness, certainly not my spirituality. I have no delusions about condemning others or criticising their efforts to understand.
But can I introduce you to my friend? He’s funny and amazing. He really wants to meet you.
And He is super smart!
You can ask Him anything.