It does not take a rocket scientist to become a Christian. It takes faith in God. I am not a rocket scientist, so I am particularly grateful to God that I didn*t have to be one to become a Christian. We all have certain aptitudes and certain deficiencies in intelligence. Everybody is dumb about something. Some are intelligent about some things. It is said that we are intelligent about things we enjoy and that we enjoy things that we are intelligent about. There is some truth in both ideas. The Bible exhorts us not to depend upon our own intelligence.
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
We do not normally have the aptitude to seek God or to find him.
Romans 3:11: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
God has an IQ test that is considerably different than the ones administered by our educators. Not believing in God is the dumbest thing a man can do.
Psalms 14:1: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
The passage is not complimentary to the fools who reject God. Their life-style will always be corrupt and sinful. The book of Isaiah speaks about a different kind of fool. During the millennium, the future time when Jesus shall reign here on earth, those who simply trust Him, though they be dumb shall not be able to go astray.
Isaiah 35:8: And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
I would much rather be the second kind of fool. There is a wisdom, an understanding and a knowledge that is totally lacking in unbelievers.
Psalm 111:10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.
Proverbs 1:7: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 9:10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Solomon asked wisdom of God and is noted for his wisdom. He wrote most of the Proverbs and even he was aware of some of his own shortcomings.
Proverbs 30:18-19: There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
We also have the wonderful opportunity to get wisdom from God.
James 1:5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
We often put down people who are ignorant or less intelligent about something than we are, sometimes even those who reject God. God is never critical of those lacking wisdom who ask Him for it. It would be insincere or fruitless to ask God for wisdom and then not study the Proverbs, The Book of Wisdom.
1 Corinthians 1:26-28: 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:
Thank God He doesn*t do things the way we would. Jesus had a special appreciation for His Father*s methods.
Matthew 11:25: At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Men have a natural wisdom and intelligence that is backwards, upside-down, useless and evil because it rejects God.
1 Corinthians 2:14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 1:19-21: For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
There needs to be a transformation made in a man from Christ-rejecting foolishness to Christ-embracing wisdom.
Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
There is glorious hope for us when we become humble, when we get over ourself.
Matthew 18:2-3: And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
A child can be humble more easily than an adult. He knows he is dependent on someone else. He has a chance to appreciate the one he needs without resentment or striving to control the one who provides what he needs. He is not as full of himself as an adult.
James 4:6: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Matthew 5:3: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Poor in spirit means humble. My Unger*s Bible dictionary defines contrition as penitence, humiliation, and grief for having sinned. I like the definition in the Scrabble dictionary for the word contrite: deeply sorry for one*s sins.
Psalm 34:18: The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Isaiah 57:15: For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Isaiah 66:2: For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
It ought to humble us to realize that He created us and He owns us. Have you ever been brought to the end of yourself -- to a place of need -- to that place of humbling yourself before Him?