- Religion and Philosophy
Throw away your earthly logic
“Follow your feelings. Go with your gut. A woman’s instincts are always right.” These are all rationales that we use as human to navigate though out this journey we call life to make decisions. When falling in love we are encouraged to “listen to our heart.” When asked to pick the correct answer on an exam we hear “your first instinct or gut answer is the right one.” So when we choose to embrace religion or Christianity the idea that one must forgo earthly logic to understand the ways of our God presents a hard concept to grasp. Human nature tell us that we know what is best for our lives and those in it but, God tells us “do not to worry about tomorrow for it is not promised to us.” We have a direction that we want our life to go in and a plan we strive to follow but God tells us “in all thy ways acknowledge me and I shall direct thy path.” So now we face the battle of human intellect verses heavenly intellect.
As we grow within our walk with Christ we learn that there are key scriptures to keep us on our path. We all know that there are going to be people that are going to knock us down and even laugh at us when we fall but that is a part of the walk. I am not saying living on this earth while practicing heavenly intellect is going to be simple. I am only saying that no matter what the people around you may say it is possible. Allow me a few paragraphs to illustrate my point.
I grew up in a military home. Although nontraditional in style there was not lack of discipline or organization. My grandfather, a retired Navy veteran ran his home with rules and regulations. This standard of commands and understanding has trickled into my world of religion so much of my depiction will be painted with military jargon.
Within my early adulthood I had become the person that had to have all the answers to the questions of life. One would think that ended within the teen years but I am a walking testimony to that not being the case. If God told me that there was something I needed to do I would ask why, how, when and where? I could not just take my orders one command at a time. I would be well aware of what God expected of me but; out of fear and the lacking of other information that I in my humanity was requesting I would miss my assignment. If you have ever made this crucial mistake you know what a sad place this is to be. Furthermore, I could not understand that a spirit willing to step out in faith was needed. Rather I would allow fear and doubt to occupy my dwelling knowing that neither of those qualities stem from faith in our Heavenly Father.
It took many missed assignments and many sleepless nights filled with worry, doubt, and aguish to conclude that I do not need all the answers. In fact I did not need to know what the outcome was going to be or why God has asked me to do any of the orders. All I needed to know was that my Heavenly Father has entrusted me with a task of great importance and I must follow through with a willing spirit grounded in faith.
Do you ever find yourself in this place? Wondering why God asked you to complete a task or perhaps longing to know why God compelled you to give your last twenty dollars to the homeless person on the side of the road. Perhaps you are without a job, income or security yet God tells you to donate to a Thanksgiving fund or pay your tithe. It is okay to question why God is asking you to do such an act of insanity. That makes you human. Gideon even questioned God asking him to reveal himself not once but three times. We must cross from the humanity and walk in the spirit. That is where the willingness comes into play. Stepping out in faith to complete the task that was commanded to us by God is where our willingness begins. Sometimes God will make you follow through on what He has asked other times He will provide you a ram like He did for Abraham. God rewarded Abraham for his willing spirit of obedience to sacrifice Isaac. God tells us that we are to have no other gods before Him and that includes our family and children. God was testing Abraham’s spirit to see if he was going to act within earthly or heavenly logic. We must learn the logic of God. We must learn to think like our creator and not like the creation.
I no longer worry about how I am going to look or if it makes sense. Fear and doubt are not allowed residency within my commands given by God. That is nothing more then Satan trying to sneak in and devour God’s perfect plan. In Mark 1:7, Jesus told the disciple “Come and I shall make you fishers of men.” He did not take the time to tell them what that meant or how he would fulfill that word. He simply gave them that one simple statement. Within their heavenly understanding of faith and the spirit within them, which is drawn to our creator the unction of burning inside compelled them to run to the opportunity which had been placed before them. Jesus did in fact fulfill his promise to them. However they had to take that step of faith.
The same has come to pass within my own walk. I have learned this strong lesson at my age but not without much correction and guidance. Most would consider me young and I have been told I lack in “wisdom.” Whereas that may be true one thing I do not lack in is faith in my God. In Isaiah 55:8 we are reminded, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” Just because you do not have all the answers or it just does not add up does not mean it is wrong. Earthly logic and the way that we understand situations is just a fraction of our Heavenly Fathers ability.
Now this is not a spot within your faith that you can jump too without the understanding. Philippians 2:12 Tells us to “Work out your own Salvation with fear and trembling.” Thus I challenge you the next time that you feel the Holy Spirit compelling you to do something and you have no understanding…”work it out.” God may bless you with the understanding or he may ask you to step out of the boat in faith “Peter.” The answer may be “lovest thou me? Feed my sheep.”
Remember, your relationship with Christ is personal and no one can tell you how your Heavenly Father speaks to you. I encourage you to take everything that you are “fed” to the Word of God. Fasting, praying, and communing with God creates a relationship like that of the old times. God places these obstacles within our path to bring us to Him. Once we come to the understanding that we cannot live this life without Him we can start a new. Once we understand it is impossible to please God we can cross from earthly to heavenly logic. You are going to seem strange to your friends and family. Others are going to think that you are weird but remember, we are to be “in the world not of the world.” We are just strangers passing through. Thus, if someone tells you that God does not speak anymore or that you are wrong after you have tested the spirit and have been given conformation my advise is walk away. Dust your feet off. Leave that spirit of condemnation and rejection right there and walk away. Jesus purchased your freedom from condemnation that special day on the cross so my dear friend, walk in it!