Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Experiment of Life!

Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."

Isaiah 29:14

When scientists are searching for truth they perform experiments. Usually an experiment has only one variable so the conclusion of the test can establish the impact of that one element on the whole. It is a tried and true way to determine fact and to distinguish that fact from the fiction of opinion.

A man who is said to be intelligent is one who has registered many facts in his brain and has the capacity to recall those facts at an appropriate time. I am still amazed at the mental capacity and agility of a few of my friends. Intelligence is a very useful tool.

A man who is said to be wise is one who is able to apply the facts that he knows in a way that is to his or other’s best advantage in any given situation. So, you can have intelligence without wisdom. My grandmother said it best when she used the phrase “Educated fool!”

Now comes a problem for even the most intelligent and wise. God Himself is the foundational element in every experiment we process. As long as He doesn’t move we can trust the results to be accurate. But God can and does interfere with our intelligence and wisdom.

That’s how we can identify a miracle. A miracle happens when God puts his finger on the scale and the reading does not make sense. A miracle happens when God heals a disease that is always fatal. A miracle happens when God tells you “a great and unsearchable thing you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

When a man is in an airplane which is doing 500 miles an hour he can drop a ball to the floor and measure its rate of descent and do all kinds of experiments and the results will be consistent. But when the plane climbs or dives or goes into a steep turn all of the measurements change.

Remember we are in God’s private jet. As long as He flies straight and level our experiments in life have consistent results, but when He changes the direction of the plane everything changes. The moral to this story is simple. Don’t put your trust in what you can see, hear, feel, or measure. Put your trust in the Pilot and stay in the plane!

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