The age of reason. Whether it is defined in the historical sense as the age of enlightenment the 18th century brought forth or an actual numerical age when an individual determines between right and wrong, reasoning brings with it the idea of intellect and thoughts coming together to form conclusions on certain matters.
Reasoning is not all bad. It gives us a premise for investigating facts about the things we are thinking about and it helps us to make conscientious decisions regarding the best course of action to take; to study and be informed with the knowledge to go forth into whatever endeavor one is contemplating.
While reasoning is certainly a useful tool (and one is expected to use it every day in their life), there are some things we just think about too much. There are some things we just analyze too much. And, there are some things we just want to know too much about, too much (yup, I went there).
Never once in the Bible did God instruct one in their calling to go, to research what He is offering and make an informed decision of whether you agree or not, to see if everything is up to par according to our terms, and then give Him your decision.
Our intellect, our reasoning capabilities cannot even touch the scaffolding of God’s high and holy intellect. He said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
When God calls someone to some extraordinary feat, all He usually says is, “Go, or do.” He doesn’t give the ins and outs of details. He doesn’t even give the ending away of how it will all turn out. He just gives the command and it is up to the heart of the hearer to respond positively like Isaiah did, and say, “Here am I; send me,” (Isaiah 6:8). With total abandon, he offered himself to God for His holy service.
Today, it is not so common for one to be as generous in their faith and obedient in their walk with Him; to let go and follow through without a certain amount of reasoning involved. We want clarity on all the if’s, when’s, what’s, how’s, where’s, why’s, and who’s that are involved.
But, this quote really struck me as powerful. It says, “The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life,” (Mandy Hale, Quote Source: Goodreads). And, in a moment of personal confession, I realized when it came to certain things, that’s exactly what I was doing: seeking more clarity. I wanted questions answered or I reasoned within myself with my personal “know-how” of why it wasn’t feasible for me to do such and such. That outlook got in the way of just stepping out in faith and going or doing.
When Jesus called Peter to come on the water with Him, Peter didn’t question. He just went (Matthew 14:28-29). When God called Abraham to leave his homeland without even knowing where he was going, “Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him,” (Genesis 12:1-4). There are oodles of examples in the Bible of people who just go or do with faith as their only method of reasoning (see Hebrews 11 for some examples).
Faith is most perfectly defined in God’s written Word where it says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11:1). But, clarity and reasoning beckon for the “substance” to be uncovered and the “evidence” to be exposed. And, that’s not what a true faith walk is all about.
Whatever side we are leaning on determines if we are letting our reasoning, and our desire to know, get in the way of our faith.
I don’t know about you, but I want to see the wonderful happen. I know that God has so much more in store for His people. But, we must not be our own greatest hindrance. When human reasoning comes before Him, it must bow down, and we must walk forth in faith. We will never see the fabulous until we stop reasoning ourselves out of faith.
“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again.” (Hebrews 11:33-35)
Imagine what your faith can do if you unleash it today!