There are certain lines in the Bible that are not intended to be funny, but I find hilarious. Today is one such occasion. Jesus says, “I thank you, Father,… because you have hidden these things from the wise…” So that’s why the Bible makes so much sense to me, I’m not very bright. Oh the joy of being freed from the ravages of intelligence.
It’s not Jesus’ intention to question the intelligence of his followers, but to draw people into the simplicity of trust. The intelligent often find the highest level of trust in their own abilities, while infants have no choice. They must depend upon an adult for life and protection.
A wonderful leader in my congregation passed away when my children were very young. When we went to visit the family, my son couldn’t understand why his wife was crying. In the simplicity of trust, he thought she should be happy because her husband would get to be with Jesus in heaven. It was a thought he shared out loud. Tenderly, the grieving widow took him in her arms and said, “I am happy for him, honey, it’s just we’re going to miss him so much down here.”
In the midst of things they could not understand, they both turned to Jesus. For my son turning to an adult for life and protection is all he knew. For the widow to trust in a promise was all she had left. The simplicity of their trust brought them both peace.
We live in an amazing age of great wisdom and yet, anxiety is consuming us from infancy through maturity. The point is not to get stupid for Jesus. It’s to discover the peace which comes from understanding the limitations of our own wisdom and embracing the promise of life found in Christ. (Mt. 11: 25-27)