Hidden from the Wise
that same hour He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I praise You,
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned and have revealed them to infants. Yes,
Father, because this was Your good pleasure.”—Luke 10:21
One 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.
The 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.
When 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
How 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.
—Experiencing God Day by Day