by Rex Rouis
For the most part, the world runs on emotion. We live in a world guided by reason and motivated by emotion. If it doesn’t make sense to us we probably won’t do it. If it makes us feel good we probably will do it. God is spiritual and His way is different. His love is deeper than emotion and God’s knowledge is deeper than where reason or intellect could ever go. It goes to the very heart of our being.
Up until the Enlightenment (a movement of the late 17th and 18th century), we determined self-awareness by a revelation from God. Since then our self-awareness is said to be experienced only by reason. Rene’ Descartes’ (1596 – 1650) famous line, “I think therefore I am,” and Thomas Paine’s (1737-1809) famous, “My own mind is my own church” has become the rule of the day. It is more than a bit ironic that according to Adrien Baillet, the concepts that Descartes ‘discovered’ were revealed to him in three visions given by ‘a divine spirit’ over the course of one long cold night. What destruction that evil spirit has wrought on the world through one man’s deception.
We live in that kind of world today – the Age of Reason. To many, their intellect is their god. Reason and intellect are not necessarily or inherently bad. They are helpful tools by which we make decisions. They are helpful unless superseded by a word from God – the real living God of the Bible.
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. I Corinthians 2:14 New International Version
The merely intellectual man rejects the teaching of the Spirit of God; for to him it is mere folly; he cannot grasp it, because it is to be understood only by spiritual insight. I Corinthians 2:14 Twentieth Century New Testament
The world motivates and manipulates through emotion. God guides and motivates by the leading of His Spirit in our hearts. That ‘still small voice,’ that speaks so softly to our hearts, which in the hustle and bustle of life can be missed or ignored. He, the Holy Spirit, is God’s chosen mode of communication. So many times, the internal battle we face is the battle between what our heart whispers and what our mind screams. Peter’s heart tells him to throw his leg over the side of the boat in obedience to Jesus’ word, and walk on water. His mind tells him that if he does he is an idiot. So it goes with all of us.
God guides and motivates by the leading of His Spirit in our hearts.Again, emotions are important, so are intellects. God made them. They just can’t be trusted, especially in the heat of battle – like in the world around us. They cannot be relied upon for one’s peace or happiness. Only God and His word can be trusted. Only His wisdom is true wisdom.
Among the mature, however, we speak a message of wisdom — but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of the mysterious and hidden wisdom of God, which He destined for our glory before time began. I Corinthians 2:6, 7
Do the things you know to do even though you don’t feel like doing them. Put the word of God into your heart even though you don’t feel anything happening. Speak the word out of your mouth even though you feel stupid and your mind tells you that you are lying. Do the things of God simply because He told you to do to them. And know, that deep inside you and deep within the situation you may be in, He is at work. God works mostly behind the scenes in the secret places of our hearts and lives. Usually, He only comes out into the open at the very end. Sometimes, at the very last moment.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith. I John 5:4
Our walk is one of faith – trusting in what we know instead of what we see or what we feel. Our trust is in His love, His power, and in His authority given to us. Keep putting His wisdom into your heart, ‘so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power (I Corinthians 2:5).’
Trust that He is working and don’t stop till it is over. And remember, it is not over till you have your answer. Persevere in all that you do with God. Walk by His word and let the Spirit of God lead you. He will lead you to victory through the narrow door of faith. The door that only a few go through. Be one of those that receives the prize that comes from unemotional faith and determined obedience to God. Do all that you know to do. Do all that you can. Keep believing and do not give up. You will be happy you did.