Hidden from the Wise
hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent
and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your
sight. (Luke 10:21)
hindrance to hearing a word from God may be our own wisdom. Wisdom, like
success, can delude us to think we should take the role of teacher rather than
student. Our knowledge lulls us into thinking we have sufficient wisdom to meet
any challenge. Believing we are wise tempts us to evaluate the shortcomings of
others yet be unaware of how much growth is still required in ourselves.
Pharisees were the religious experts of their day. They possessed much
information about God, but they had no personal relationship with Him. Their
knowledge clouded their view of their condition before God. Jesus thanked His
Father that it was not to these “experts” that the Father had revealed
spiritual truth, but rather to those who were humble and who recognized their
need for God’s revelation.
religious leaders experience spiritual failure, their downfall is often met
with surprise. It shouldn’t be. Religious people with the most knowledge are
sometimes the ones least responsive to God’s Word. Knowledge can easily lead to
pride, and pride impedes us from seeking God.
do you know if you are a “Pharisee”? When you do not have a teachable spirit.
When you become defensive if a fellow Christian shares a concern about your
spiritual condition. When you do not seek to hear from God, believing you
already know what He thinks. When you feel that you are capable of helping
others in their spiritual lives, but no one can teach you anything. Don’t allow
the limited knowledge you now have to blind you to the great truths God still
wants to reveal to you.