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In my training job we do a brainstorming exercise where we demonstrate how the two sides (hemispheres) of our brain work together and sometimes oppose each other.  Given a sheet that has blank circles on it we ask the students to write as many separate things that are round as they can think of putting only one thing in each circle.

Inevitably what happens, in most people, is the right side of the brain which is the creative side kicks in and they start writing.  Depending on a person’s temperament  though, sometimes quickly the left side of the brain which is the analytical side kicks in and they stop writing.  The students start to think.  If I wrote down ball does that mean I can’t write basketball or soccer ball.  I might right earth but you know that has a bulge in the middle so maybe that doesn’t count as round.  So the left side analytical side has its place but it can also get in the way of free thinking idea generation.

Where am I going with this and why would anyone care?  It seems as if our faith can fall under the same sort of conflict.  We may be in a situation where we feel what is being asked of us is too much or too grand.  We may feel that the situation is so dire that it (or at least we) can’t resolve it.  Maybe we feel we are in a boat about to sink, we’re being asked to walk on water, or 5,000 people need to be fed. 

Then it may be that reach out with our “right” (and here I’m talking direction not correct or incorrect) side faith.  So we ask Our Heavenly Father, through His Son Jesus Christ to intervene for us.  That prayer has barely left our lips when the left side will sometimes kick in stifling our request with the thoughts of why it can’t happen; that we’re asking for too much, or those things don’t happen to people like us.  We analyze our chances of success  before even giving Our Heavenly Father the benefit of the thought He has the power to do it.  Not that all “right” side faith asking is appropriate either.  We treat Our Heavenly Father more like a genie fulfilling wishes instead of really thinking through our prayers.  We should stop and consider:  “Why are we asking for this?”  “Whose Glory are we seeking?”  “Will this help me in my faith journey or is about the quick out in the here and now?”

In my own life the starkest contrast in right side faith and left side faith is how I look at the direction of my life.  With left side analytical faith I can look back on my life and see the wonderful blessings that I have received time and time again from Our Lord and Savior.  The issue I have either turning that left side analytical faith or releasing the right side free thinking faith as it applies to the future and be equally as certain for the wonderful blessings that Jesus Christ has promised to those who faithfully believe and confess Him the Son of God.

So don’t allow your analytical faith to rob you of the undreamed of potential that comes with a personal relationship with Christ.  Yet use your analytical faith to ponder and understand the meaning of scripture and to use that as we strive for that increased relationship.  Both are gifts and fruits of the Spirit.  Amen

I thank You Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes.” Luke 10:18

I enjoy reading as well as studying.  I find it refreshing when I believe that I’ve learned something new.  Even better when I’m able to take that learning and put it to use to help others.  Yet to what end and to whom do I give credit for the learning and/or subsequent giving of that learning?

In the old testament one of the biblical figures most none for wisdom was King Solomon.  In fact, when God asked him what his greatest desire was, Solomon requested to be granted wisdom about all else.  God felt that was such a worthy request that He promised Solomon, not only wisdom, but riches and and a long life as well.

Yet when you read Ecclesiastes, you read what Solomon thought of wisdom, indeed all earthly pursuits, they are “chasing the wind.”  For Solomon, from an earthly standard, had it all.  He was rich. He was a successful king (for the most part), He was famous, He was wise.  He had many wives.  And in the end he let the things of this world pull him away from that early faithful relationship he had with God.  He speaks of it.  He strives to find “the secret of a happy life”.  He tries finding it in learning, in making money, in fun and riotous living, and in all these pursuits he fails to find the meaning of a content life.

Fast forward to Jesus times.  The ones thought to be the most wise were those of the established religion and those who were well off.  For them to be so revered, they must be very wise.  Yet in their wisdom they couldn’t see Jesus and what He was doing.  This was the same wisdom that had killed so many of the prophets sent before to help God’s people.  Their wisdom, the wisdom of man, was far too limited to see the truth of God.

That is the problem with being at the pennicle of development in this earthly realm.  We don’t expect that our pets, or the birds or other livng creatures have the answers to it all.  We say they act by blind instinct, doing what they do but not really understanding why.  We are the only ones that believe that all understanding is on our grasp, if we work hard and enough and are wise enough to grasp it.  We have an ultimate faith in our brains and our ability to achieve all wisdom. 

God Sighs

For He knows His perfect wisdom is not within our ability to understand.  It is not that He hides the wisdom so that He can maintain power as in our saying knowledge is power.  As it is with our youngest children, God understands that we are incapable of, the language is too limited, our perception to finite to truly grasp the totality of His wisdom.  He does what He can; then He asks one more thing.  Believe

Yet our wisdom and vanity, spurred on by His and our enemy says no.  I would rather bow down to something of my making and understanding; whether it be a golden calf centuries ago, or a pile of money and prestigious title today, then humbly submit that I will never (in this life) truly understand.

In my/our most insightful moments, we understand that the wisdom we have, comes from beyond us.  I did not frame my brain in such a way that I would be able to read, I did not decide to come up with a language to communicate with.  I have thoughts but if you asked me what is the chemical/electrical process by which those thoughts come into being within my brain, I would be hard pressed to explain.

Wisdom, has, is and will always be a gift.  A gift from a Loving, Nurturing Father, who understands our limitations and takes them into account by giving us a simply request and the means with which to fulfill it.  Believe.  Believe in Him, in His Son Jesus Christ and in the indwelling Holy Spirit. 

Let us all go out and be wise.

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