Thought for the Day – Monday 31st August

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At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

Matthew 11 : 25 – 26

Is Jesus thinking of those of us who bow down to the superior knowledge of those who claim to know the thinking of God and the meaning of His word? Do we meekly submit to them?

No is the answer. We may be momentarily impressed by those arrogant individuals, but throughout his teachings, Jesus is seeking out those who, through the simple act of believing in God and in what He wants for us. This does not exclude those who question or do not accept any one interpretation of God’s will, provided that they do not insist that they are right.

In our daily lives and in the news we frequently encounter those who tell you what to think, be they extremists on the left or the right. Do we listen to them? Thankfully, few of us do and put our faith in Jesus.

The verses from Matthew tell us not to be surprised that God’s will is to hide his plans from the arrogant religious leaders of the day, but to reveal them to common everyday people. Only those who are willing to receive the Kingdom like children will find it – not because God wants simple people, but because those who are wise in their own eyes are often the most ignorant of all.

Prayer: Father in heaven, I want my heart to be open to your word and free from the stain of arrogance and pride. Your ways are so far beyond my own, so guard my heart from the presumption of thinking I know all of your ways or confining you to my own little notions of your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Action: Be wary of what you listen to in the news or read in the papers. Keep an open mind and become open to those you have grown to trust.