“LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the LORD
From this time forth and forever.”
While many of us are blessed with ample opportunities to pursue higher education and explore our interests in academia, the mentalities, philosophies, and presuppositions that academia holds are often completely different from the Bible. When our increased knowledge carries us to the leading edge of research and education, it is easy to forget our place and elevate ourselves beyond our proper position. We may use our logic, which God created, to challenge or question our heavenly Father, causing us to fall into a downward spiral of unbelief. New, profound ideas may grab ahold of us and eat at the core of our beliefs. At these times, what can we do?
The Bible says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Often, our reasonings are too profound, too complicated. Return to the simple relationship you have with your heavenly Father. Remember the simplicity and security of dwelling in the bosom of Jesus Christ. When the surrounding world bewilders and confounds, remember that your heavenly Father is always still there, waiting for you with open arms. Calm your soul, know the fullness of the Spirit. That is what David did, and his soul became grounded and secure again in God’s love.
Though many things do not make sense from a human perspective, through God, there is clarity. Our direction in life will become increasingly secure as we realize that God is our trust and our hope, both now and forever. Always come back to God. May He guard us and keep us in true humility as we continue to learn more about Him and the world He created.