Thursday, April 16th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 8)
An Acceptance Of Intellectual Inadequacy
'I am the living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and the Bread that I shall give is My Flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.' The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, 'How can this Man give us His Flesh to eat?'
Then Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you have no life in you'...
Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, 'This is a hard saying; who can understand it?'... From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
John 6:51-53,60,66 (NKJV)
Do you think you're smart? Most likely, you are. But when we move from intelligent faith to intellectual works, we've entered the danger zone: a place where faith in God depends on our understanding His moves... and approving them.
But are we servants and followers or masters and guides? Imagine a recruit telling a sergeant, or a sergeant telling a captain: 'Explain the past reasons, present purpose and end result of your orders, because they don't seem logical to me.'
Because to the majority of early disciples, the orders given by 'The Captain of their salvation' (Hebrews 2:10), the orders to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood, didn't seem logical. Consider also: Seventy men (not counted among the Twelve) had completed a miraculously successful first campaign: 'Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name' (Luke 10:17).
Even so, these gifted recruits refused to believe Jesus beyond the limits of their intellectual inadequacy. Subsequent to the inscrutable Command we now call Communion, they dropped out of His training program. It was a test, and they failed.
Here's the thing: Compared to God, the smartest men on earth are infants.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'You cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things' (Ecclesiastes 11:5), the One Who declares 'The end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done' (Isaiah 46:10). 'How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!' (Romans 11:33).
The great things He does, 'We cannot comprehend' (Job 37:5). So give it up. Don't follow the smarties. Follow the Smartest. Our Commander-in-Chief will enlighten each of us on a need-to-know basis. Be thankful for His incomparable superiority.
Because in a tragically flawed world, 'We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.