A man of God once said that the most important thing he ever learned was that God is smarter than he was. I absolutely agree and will show you what this actually means.
Of course, as Christians, we know that God is smarter than we are but do we really believe it? What? Of course we do! I wonder. Let’s explore this whole idea of God being smarter than we are. If we really believe that God is indeed smarter, than we need to find out what He has to say about the whole matter.
What about healing? God’s Word says that by the stripes of Jesus you’ve already been healed—that healing was bought and paid for by the Lord Jesus. But do you really believe that? What do you do when sickness or disease attacks your body? Is your first line of defense going to God and His Word to get scriptures to stand on? Or do you automatically run to the world’s way of doing things? Going to God first should always be the first thing you do. He will lead you in what to do. But of course, you have to first of all trust Him to KNOW what He’s doing. How can we say we put God first when, in fact, we don’t?
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Mark 16:18 (KJV) 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Now, please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. Using the world’s methods are not necessarily wrong, and in many cases, can save lives. I’m just saying that we ought to connect with the Lord first and find out what He has to say. And, as you know, much of the time, praying and seeking the Lord’s help is usually a last ditch effort to get well. This ought not to be.
Then there’s a matter of finances. What happens when a financial need arises? Have you prepared ahead of time by your tithes and offerings? God’s Word is replete with promises to the tither and giver. But do you actually believe it?
Luke 6:38 (KJV) 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (KJV) 6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
Malachi 3:10-11 (KJV) 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
If we really believe that God is smarter than we are, then it behooves us to do what He says. He has the Best Plan that we could ever need. Why do we exhaust all worldly avenues before going to God and His ways? To me, that’s spinning you wheels – you’re moving but going nowhere.
And, what about depression—an affliction that affects many people, even Christians. The first line of defense should not be to go to a therapist. Jesus said that His peace would keep your hearts and minds. Do you believe it or not? Because Jesus told us to let not our hearts be troubled, then we are capable of keeping our hearts from being troubled.
Philippians 4:4-7 (KJV) 4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
John 14:1 (KJV)1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:27 (KJV)27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
So, what’s the problem? Why is it imperative to go to God first instead of the world? Here’s the answer: Faith is the key to receiving everything from God. And the way to develop your faith is to get into the Word of God and get His Word into you. That won’t happen by accident. You have to, on purpose, get into the Word, study, meditate, confess, and do. Going to the world’s ways first, won’t set you up for receiving God’s help because that’s not the way to develop your faith. And while I’m on it, the worst time to try to develop your faith is in the midst of an attack, problem, or situation that warrants massive help. Develop your faith while things are going right, while all is well. Then when a problem rears its ugly head, you can blast it out with your faith!
Remember, God is smarter than you are and He always has the best way to go! We’re just not smart enough and we definitely don’t know everything, but we know the One Who does, and He is always open for business! All the praise, all the honor, all the glory be to our great and good God!