At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, because it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the son, and the one to whom the son wills to reveal him” (Mathew 11: 25-27.)
In the Jewish culture, youth was often associated with weakness and stupidity. So much so, that when a group of Jewish men gathered together, they often spoke in order of age; the oldest spoke first and the youngest spoke last. They believed that with age came wisdom. Jesus however, corrected this commonly held belief. Wisdom concerning the messiah and God’s plan of salvation couldn’t be attained through many years of careful study; instead, the truth could only be received as a gift from God. Those who thought themselves intelligent were blinded by pride and self-reliance; the simple and ignorant however, clearly saw the value of God’s grace and the blessings of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
Sigmund Freud pioneered what we might consider the modern field of psychology. In fact, today he’s remembered as one of the most intelligent men who has ever lived. And yet many are unaware that at a certain point in his career he actively promoted the frequent consumption of cocaine; considering it to be a cure-all. He even encouraged his close acquaintances and compatriots to indulge in its use. When one of his dear friends became horribly addicted to the drug, he saw the dangers of cocaine and anxiously recanted his previous endorsements; he carried the guilt of his friend’s continued drug dependence for the rest of his life. In short, some of the most well educated and intelligent people are often the most horribly deceived. Unless an individual knows the creator, they can never know genuine wisdom.
The truth is a gift from The Lord; it isn’t something that can be earned. Intelligence, although beneficial and extremely useful, can sometimes blind those who trust in it more than God. Intellect frequently stands in opposition to simple faith and practical wisdom. God yearns for His children to trust Him completely. Those who are simple, unlearned, and unwise, are often the first to see the true value of God’s mercy and grace. Won’t you receive the gospel today as a little child? Won’t you believe with your whole heart? Won’t you allow God to take control of your life? If you place your faith in Jesus Christ you will come to know the truth; and you’ll be smarter than the most well educated man; and wiser than the greatest king.
“Lord Heavenly Father, may we be as little children. May we remain simple, and may we trust in, and completely rely upon You. We pray for those who are intelligent and wise in their own minds; those who have faith only in the achievements of men. Reveal the truth to them, that they may come to humbly receive Your mercy and grace. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you.