Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11

Seeds of the Kingdom

Wise in our own eyes

by Peter Brokaar

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;  yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
Matthew 11:25-26, ESV

It is a sobering Scriptural fact that God ‘resists the proud but gives grace to the humble’ (James 4:6). Jesus thanked God for His approach in whom He chooses to reveal His truths to. God simply loves those who have child-like, open hearts, but He does not take to those who consider themselves wise and understanding. It seems that the quickest way to stop learning is to have all the answers!

The paradox seems to be that we’re called to forever keep growing and keep learning, but that we’re never to become wise in our own eyes. Paul explained that ‘knowledge puffs up, but love edifies’ (1 Cor 8:1) Somehow our growing in understanding has to be wider than mere intellectual expansion. If we are truly learning from the Lord, He will also expand our hearts.

It might be worth prayerfully considering to what extent we have retained or lost that childlike attitude. A key question for reflection is whether or not we feel we are currently still growing in understanding. Do we have a sense of already having arrived, or of just getting started? Do we feel big and important or do we realise that we’re actually quite small? Or perhaps more potently: is God hiding His revelation from us or is He increasingly showing us more things?

We all stray and each one of us is prone to arrogance and pride. This is not a reason to embrace condemnation, but rather to draw closer to Him and ask for His mercy. The Lord loves to show Himself to us, but I believe that He will only do so when this is safe, when it will benefit us in the long run. He won’t feed our ego and pride, as this path can only lead to destruction. But He is drawn to hungry, humble hearts. May our Father, in His kindness and grace, enable us to have such child-like hearts again!

Peter Brokaar is Director of Ellel Ministries Scotland and has been there together with his wife Liz since 2005. They have 3 kids, all born in Scotland! In his free time he likes reading, cooking, running and surfing. Being at Ellel Scotland has given him the privilege of getting to know God deeper and sharing that joy with many others.


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