“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isaiah 57:15 KJV)
“The Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness.” (1 Corinthians 1:22-23 KJV)
“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6b KJV)
The scriptures tell us the Jews always asked Jesus to show them a sign to prove who he was. They needed something to reassure them Jesus was in fact sent by God. Of course we know he performed many, many miracles, and they were not done in a corner, but in fact they were right out in the open where many witnesses could verify them. So the real problem wasn’t a lack of evidence rather it was a willful stubbornness and refusal to believe the one standing right before them.
The Greeks, on the other hand, were knowledge seekers. They wanted to philosophize and ponder the deeper meanings behind what was being said. Of course I don’t have a problem with that at all. In fact I love to read and meditate on the scriptures, but their problem was they were seeking knowledge as if knowledge, in and of itself, was the answer. The problem with that is the answers to our deepest questions only come from knowing a person and that person is Jesus Christ.
These two roadblocks still exist today. There are many even today that are too hardheaded to submit to God. Some say, “There’s just not enough evidence.” As if the whole of nature, the animal kingdom, the sunrise, the ocean, and life itself isn’t enough. The real problem is pride which caused our blindness in the first place. The bad news is pride usually only goes out when we find ourselves broken.
What’s wonderful about all of this is once we get to the end of our great intellectual questionings and simply say “God I need you.” He will come and give you life everlasting. He promises to dwell with them that have a humble spirit. Once you receive Christ many of the questions will be answered and those that aren’t won’t matter anymore. Then it will be enough that he knows even if you don’t.
Written by Louie