Understanding-idolatry is a huge problem
for all Christians, but sadly, goes unrecognized and unconfessed in the Church. Understanding is not considered sin, but essential to daily life. We humans obsess about understanding everything and everyone. Can't control my life if I don't understand. We read books, Scripture, online articles, listen to seminars, sermons, SO THAT we can better understand. But this robs Christians of the joy and peace Jesus offers us in THIS life. Ignoring Scripture that says, "Do not lean on your own understanding." Prov 3:5
Understanding-idolatry is only experienced by human-wisdom-dependents, adultlikes. However, Jesus-dependents do NOTHing on their own -- only what Jesus directs them to do, so their eyes and thoughts are fixed on ShepherdJesus to see what He does NEXT, in us, others, circumstances. Jesus-dependents dunno what's best, but are convinced that their ShepherdJesus DOES. Childlikes. Not pressured, stressed, hurried. Without understanding-idolatry weighing us down, life is fun. And without understanding-idolatry, Christians have the humility compelling to seculars.
Jesus-dependency is a fruit of the Spirit's work, freshly convicting us of human-wisdom-dependency.
-- Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who loves to understand
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