Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:16, “we have the mind of Christ”. So, if we have the mind of Christ, our Lord and Savior, why do we program our mind to default to our own understanding when questions and tough times arise? Why do we do this, when our finite mind has unlimited access to divine and infinite wisdom? Romans 2:11 informs us, “for there is no partiality with God”. And we can understand this statement to be true not only because it is in the Bible but also because of who wrote it, Paul. Paul was killing Christians before Jesus came to him, and yet God still used him. God gave Paul infinite wisdom and understanding to allow him to write in the sacred Book that we all read today. God speaks to whomever He wants to whenever He wants to. And He will say to the individual whatever He wants to say. Read my past post called He Speaks.
We must begin to put on the mind of Christ if our true desire is to win more souls for Him. If our true desire is to help fulfill God’s wish for His children, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:9. God is giving us time because He wants all His children to live and not die. God gives us so much grace, and He gives us so much mercy. Why? Because He knows that we are just children. Children don’t understand the things that their parents do unless the parent explains their actions or their wisdom to the child. Children only have so much understanding. That’s why children absorb and take in knowledge from their parents or other adult figures. Children are hungry for knowledge because they seek to have their own independence one day, they seek to help.
We, friends, are the children of God. We are curious beings by design. We want to understand and navigate this life on our own. But as all children come to realize, no matter what age, we need our parents in some way, shape, or form. As children of God, no matter how mature one is, we will always need our Heavenly Father. No matter how grown an individual gets, their mother is still their mother and their father is still their father. Therefore, you will always be their child, and they will always be there when you need them.
God loves us just as deeply as our earthly parents do, if not more so. He wants to teach us about who we are and who He is. He wants to take our finite mind and fill it with His infinite knowledge and wisdom. He tells us in Isaiah 55:8, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD”. That’s our Heavenly Father telling His children to seek Him for the infinite questions in our heart. Man can’t give us the answers that we seek because they are but children themselves. But Paul instructs us to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” Romans 12:2.
Friends, we are His children. He knows our deepest desires. He knows every detail of our being. He wants to take our thinking and understanding to another level. So, that we can know Him and experience Him at a greater magnitude. That our Love for our Heavenly Father might be much greater and deeper than before. We can’t be conformed to this world and its traditions and knowledge. John warns us in 1 John 2:17, “The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever”.
It has never and shall never be about what I think is right or what you think is right, but always what God says and has shown is right. God is sovereign and omnipotent. He neither has to justify or prove Himself to humanity. It is then our choice to take hold of the unlimited access of infinite knowledge and wisdom, which means admitting we don’t have all the answers, taking that step into the unknown. Or we reside in fear and stick to the knowledge and wisdom of this world, leaning on what we can see and comprehend. But remember children of God, “We walk by faith, not by sight” 1 Corinthians 5:7.
What if Peter relied on the knowledge and wisdom of this world? He never would've taken that first step on to the water to do as he seen his Teacher was doing. When Peter took that first step, he stepped on faith and trust in God. He relied on God's infinite knowledge and wisdom. He took a step into the unknown, counting on Jesus to guide and lead the way.