Read thru the New Testament 2018
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids
Bible Reading: Matthew 11
In a world where intellectuals like Bill Gates and Steven Hawking are celebrities…it is sometimes thought that because they appear to be smarter than the average person, then they should be the ones who make decisions that determine our ideas of ethics, morals, and faith. But just because someone has a high IQ…does not mean that he has the ability to make such judgments.
In this chapter, Jesus makes it clear that intellectual ability should not be confused with spiritual wisdom. John the Baptist sent some of his disciples to Jesus to ask Him if He was the Messiah that the Old Testament prophesied about. Jesus answered that He was the Messiah. Then, He said that people had been confused about who both John was, and Who He was. No matter what John did to prove who he was, or what He did to prove Who He was…they just could not figure it out, on their own. He went on to criticize two cities where He had done numerous miracles by saying that despite everything He had done there…they did figure out Who He was, either. Then He made a very important statement. He said that the reason that they could not figure it out…was because you don’t learn these things through human intelligence…but through spiritual enlightenment. You don’t gain spiritual truth through rational processes. Spiritual truth is wisdom that is given to a believer by the Holy Spirit of God. This wisdom is the direct result of a growing, trusting, and obedient relationship with God. As our faithful obedience in God develops…He gives us spiritual truth, wisdom to live by. Wisdom is a by-product of our relationship with God. So, we should be consistently working on that relationship.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
Five guys were on an airplane: a kid, a preacher, a doctor, a lawyer, and the pilot. The pilot came on the intercom and yelled, “Mayday! Mayday! We’re going down and there are only four parachutes on the plane. You decide who gets the other three, but I’m jumping with one, now!” With that, he jumped out of the plane.
The doctor said, “I’ve saved lives my entire life so I think that I deserve to get one,” and he jumped.
The lawyer said, “I’m the smartest man in the world and have won hundreds of cases. So, I should get one,” and he jumped, too.
The preacher went up to the kid and said, “Son, I’ve lived a long and happy life and I know I’m going to heaven when I die. So here, you take the last parachute and go.”
The kid said, “No, you take this one and I’ll take the other one. Because the smartest man in the world just jumped out of the airplane with my backpack.”
Sometimes the smartest person…is not the person with the most understanding. They may know a lot of facts (that’s being smart)…but not know what to do with them (that’s having understanding).
The human brain is amazing. Some scientists have calculated that the average brain can store 1-2½ petabytes of information (1 peta = 1 quadrillion, that is 1 with 15 zeros after it, 1,000,000,000,000,000). 2½ petabytes would be about equal to the space needed to record 3 million hours of television shows on a computer. And, it takes almost no power to run the brain. Only around 20 watts. That’s about what it takes to run a small light bulb. If we had a computer that was as powerful as the human brain…it would take an entire nuclear power plant to produce enough electricity to run it.
The term “IQ” refers to how smart a person is. There are tests that you can take that determine what your IQ is. The average American has an IQ of 100. But there are some people who are really, really smart. They have a very high IQ. For instance:
- You have probably heard of Albert Einstein. He was a famous scientist and his IQ is estimated to have been around 160-190.
- Kim Ung-Yong has an IQ of 210. He could talk perfectly when he was just six-months-old and was a guest student in physics at Hanyang University in Korea by the time he was three-years-old.
- Christopher Hirata skipped middle school and at age 16 was working with NASA on a project exploring the possibility of colonizing Mars. When he was 18-years-old, he was in college studying to get a PhD in Astrophysics and it was reported that at that time his IQ was around 225.
- But the person with the highest IQ ever recorded is William James Sidis. It has been said that he had an IQ between 250 and 300. He went to Harvard University at the age of 11 and could speak in more than 40 languages by the time he graduated.
But there is something that goes beyond being smart and even beyond understanding…it is wisdom. Jesus was teaching His disciples one day and said that wisdom comes from God. Wisdom isn’t a matter of how much information you’ve crammed into your brain. Wisdom isn’t about how good you are at knowing what to do and making decisions. Wisdom is about the things that God’s Spirit teaches you that you can’t learn any other way. There are some things that are very, very important in life that you can only learn from God. We learn those things by being faithful to do what we already know we should do based on what we have learned from the Bible, and by spending time with God in prayer. When we do those things…then our relationship with God grows stronger. And as that happens, God will speak to your heart and give you wisdom. When we have God’s wisdom then our lives make sense and we trust God completely…no matter what is happening.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,