Serving an Intelligent God
Have you ever stopped to think about how magnificently intelligent our God is? Think about it. The way the way the universe is held in perfect balance or the way we get water to land by evaporation, condensation, and precipitation was no accident. We have an abundance of food that consist of countless colors, textures, and tastes, all to suit our unique desires. The ocean has a stopping point at shore. The sun warms our skin. The stars tell time. The earth is the perfect distance from the sun; any closer, we would burn; any farther, we would freeze. All of this and so much more was created by our infinitely brilliant God.
Now hold on to that thought. We’ll come back to that. I want to quickly re-direct your attention to a study done by the Brookings Institute which stated that 1 of the 3 common factors that help people have better, more fulfilling lives was having at least finished high school. Interesting, huh?
Non-christians might interpret this study to mean that if we have more education, we have better chances of obtaining a high-paying, esteemed career, which would lead to an overall more satisfying life. However, as Christian women, I want to challenge you to make a deeper connection between our intelligent God and this study by the Brookings Institute.
Could it be that perhaps the reason why we find so much fulfillment in education and learning is because we are made in the image of a God who is beyond genius? Could it be that the more we learn, the closer we become to the fullness of living in His image? God created us with creative capacity, intelligence, and the desire to explore, build, and imagine. The reason why we find satisfaction in learning is because when we engage in acquiring new information, we engage in a huge part of our identity as created beings.
Just as loving others draws us closer to God (who is love), so does learning. The bible says in 2 Peter,
“ For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge…” (2 Peter 1:5, English Standard Version)
Knowledge is a part of our spiritual growth. It is important to note, though, that learning comes in many different forms, environments, and experiences. Not all knowledge needs to come through an academic setting, though this is a great way to learn! Even when you’re all done with school, you should strive to always be a student of the Lord and of life. Understanding God helps us understand life and if you look closely at life, you’ll find that God reveals more of Himself to us everyday.
As you continue to live for God, remember to always stay soft before Him. Stay moldable, shapeable, and teachable. God is always ready to teach us something new and bring us closer to Himself.
English Standard Version (ESV)
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