Intelligence is Good, Right?

But there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent. Job 32:8

This word intelligence is a puzzle to me. It means the ability to learn and understand. And it can also mean the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one’s environment. It doesn’t mean that you do these things just that you have the ability to. Sort of like having knowledge but not using it wisely.


In an effort to learn more I googled something that I’ve been struggling with. How do intelligent people reason away God? The articles that appeared were almost 15 to 1 against Christianity. The authors offer a very believable argument that seemed to prove an educated mind can’t possibly believe in a God whose ways are higher than theirs.

Several of the authors go to great lengths to explain their beliefs. They couldn’t rationally explain God and how he operates, so it is easier/better to believe in what they can explain. A co-worker asked me a question once and my answer included something about God. Her response stopped me in my tracks. She said,”Oh you’re one of those people who puts their faith in an unseen being.” I was so stunned.

My response was yes, but it felt sort of lame. No one had ever openly challenged my faith before. She continued saying she preferred to trust what she could accomplish using her intelligence. Perhaps we are all like that from time to time. We allow our “smarts” to get in the way of God working in our lives. She determined she could handle whatever situations she faced and didn’t need His help.

I’ve been guilty of that. Instead of submitting my day to God first, I sometimes only go to Him when all I’ve tried hasn’t worked. When my back is against the wall. Or, after remembering to give Him my day first thing in the morning, as soon as I hit a snag, I forget that He is already on top of it. So the struggle to fix it with my own intelligence begins.

But God asks us to depend on Him and by faith, know that He will provide what we need. That is my area of greatest struggle. Believing that my provider is God and not my employer. It’s advice I give to friends but have difficulty living by myself. But God’s word reminds us that he takes care of the ravens and we are much more valuable than them.

And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. “For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!

Luke 12:22-24

Maybe the most intelligent thing we can do is to lean not on our own understanding but hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Selah… Andrea




Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

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