I am pretty confident I’ve never been in a room where I was the smartest person there… however embarrassingly enough it’s much more likely that I have acted like it (shame, shame and more shame). John Ortberg says, “If you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” In other words you want to be where you have the opportunity to constantly learn. I pray I never mature beyond the point of realizing I am a child of God (Gal. 3:23)…He will always be the Father I will always be the child in need of His leading.
This perspective takes constant self-discipline as putting God or anyone else above self in against human nature. Self-discipline moments are lonely moments right!? Who cheers you on when you get up before the sun to pour over your study notes, or the alarm goes off at 3:45 or you get on treadmill 3 days in a row… its just self… but its in those moments the foundation is laid for influence. Self-discipline in the moment is not rewarded but the results are noticed. If I’m not moving forward in my faith I’m moving backward and I don’t know about you but backwards in my faith is somewhere I cannot afford to go, I need to be in His Word in His shadow always!
2 Kings 18-19 Elijah in God’s strength performs a great miracle to prove His God is the One true God (18:37). Elijah is so excited having done all that the Lord had asked of him, runs to see if the Lord has now changed the hearts of the bad King or possibly even wiped them out. Success, victory Lord, he’s thinking…this is the moment I’ve been working toward, I’ve been faithful now all will be made right!! Wrong or at least from Elijah’s perspective… the queen announces she will kill him!(19:2) What?! God I did everything You asked this is not how it should go there should be revival but “now I’m the only one left and they are trying to kill me too.” (19:14) God meets with Elijah and asks him a question, I realize God only asks us questions to get us to understand something, maybe even to refocus. He doesn’t have to ask us anything. He already knows.
God asks Elijah what he is doing there (19:13)? Elijah thought because the plan didn’t go as he thought it should it was all doomed… but God says Elijah nothing has failed, you are just looking at the wrong plan, YOUR plan. In 19:15-18 God reveals to Elijah more of the next steps in HIS plan and reassures him he is not alone.
Jesus, today don’t let me get caught up in thinking You don’t have a plan or all is lost. Help me to have Your perspective and see beyond MY map. You will not be put in a box and I praise You for that. Help me to remember You were shaken for me on the cross and now I can cling in my shakable moments to the One who has overcome and is my Rock. “I’m more sinful than I ever dare believe but I’m also loved more than I ever dared hope.” Praise the Mighty name of Jesus. You will always be the smartest in the room.
Independent read: Deuteronomy 31:6