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God Gave You a Brain: Challenging Conventional Thinking for Supernatural Results

    God gave you a brain

    God Gave You a Brain, Use It

    Have you ever marveled at the incredible capabilities of our brains? They are truly extraordinary, enabling us to process vast amounts of information and forge connections between seemingly unrelated data points. It’s a gift from God, a marvelous tool that I absolutely love to use. However, let’s pause for a moment and ponder this: Are we perhaps relying on our brains a bit too much?

    As Christians, we often find ourselves facing ridicule from those who believe that faith lacks a logical foundation. When confronted, we tend to defend our faith by presenting reasoned arguments, showcasing the mountains of evidence supporting the life of Jesus or the historical accuracy of the Bible. But in doing so, are we unintentionally doing a disservice to these individuals? You see, faith, by its very nature, involves an element that defies explanation (Hebrews 11:1).

    The Bible tells us to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). God’s ways are unfathomable, far beyond our human comprehension (Isaiah 55:9). He delights in using the foolish to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27). Embracing the notion that “God gave you a brain, use it” can sometimes lead us astray.

    Abraham Used His Brain to Create Ishmael

    Remember Abraham? He received a divine promise from the Lord that he would become the father of many nations and have a son. He held onto this promise for years, but then he let his own reasoning kick in. Abraham convinced himself that there must be other ways to have a child, not solely through Sarah. Consequently, he took Hagar as his wife and fathered Ishmael. Yet, God had to remind Abraham that the promised son would indeed come through Sarah.

    In the beginning, when we are uncertain about God’s will for our lives, we eagerly listen to His word. However, once we receive that word, we often feel compelled to rely on our own minds to piece everything together.

    My Temptation to Use My Brain

    Allow me to share a personal experience. Two and a half years ago, my family received a clear message from the Lord: Pack up and move to Asia. We didn’t know where or why, but we were certain of the call to move. We started making plans and continued to listen attentively for further guidance. We felt led to a specific city to work with teenage orphan girls, and things seemed to fall perfectly into place. We could sense the guiding hand of the Lord propelling us forward.

    Fast forward a couple of years. We had been diligently studying the language and establishing a foundation for the work we felt called to do. Yet, amidst it all, our personal finances dwindled to zero, and we had no clear direction on how that would change. Although my wife and I had been trained in effective strategies for raising support, we felt a deep conviction that we were not to directly ask anyone for financial assistance. We could make it known that support was needed, but the usual tactics we had learned were off-limits.

    I don’t believe there’s anything inherently wrong with raising support, but God had a different plan for us—to trust Him entirely with our finances. I share this story because my wife and I continually find ourselves returning to God for confirmation of this direction. Our minds often scream at us, warning of impending financial ruin, our children’s education being compromised, and a lack of provision for our needs.

    God Wants Us to Trust Him

    Our brains crave logical answers, yet God is not always interested in what seems practical. He believes He can receive more glory when a shepherd boy, without armor, defeats a towering, undefeated warrior. He knows that He can conquer satan through the sacrificial death of His Son on a cross. And He desires that we die to ourselves so that we may truly live.

    How many of us, in our attempt to rationalize God’s plans, end up creating our own “Ishmaels”? These are the offspring of our human reasoning, rather than the result of clinging to God’s promises with unwavering love. Let us release the slave woman and her son, as they will never share in the inheritance of the free woman’s son (Galatians 4:28-31). Our inheritance is too vast, too grand to ever be grasped through mere logic and reason. God is capable of far more than our minds can conceive (Ephesians 3:20).

    Please understand, I am not suggesting that our brains are inherently evil. Rather, we should humbly submit them to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. While God did bless us with brilliant minds, anything we trust above Him will lead us into sin and draw us away from His presence. Let us create space for God to direct our steps. Then, even when His guidance defies all human understanding, let us trust Him and faithfully follow His lead. This is the surefire formula for experiencing the abundant blessings that God promises are within our reach.

    3 thoughts on “God Gave You a Brain: Challenging Conventional Thinking for Supernatural Results”

    1. This is a very interesting post. I can see your point, where using our brains to an extreme can lead to distrust in God and doubt. we should not constantly try to analyze God or His words, for that shows a lack of faith. And faith is the foundation of our relationship with God. However, it can be dangerous for us to go to the opposite extreme and not discern any thought or idea that comes our way. When they say “use your brain”, they mean to use discernment, and not just assume that something is of God. There are many Bible verses regarding discernment. Just a few are
      1 John 4:1– “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
      Hebrews 5:14– “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
      1 Thessalonians 5:21– “But test everything; hold fast what is good.”
      Of course, we should not think that we can discern completely on our own without God, for that would lead down a dangerous road of foolishness and conceit. And Proverbs even says to “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding…” But through constant fellowship with Jesus, we can then know His voice and have that discernment to know what thoughts are of God or Satan or just our own selves.
      This discernment comes from God, James 1:5– “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
      Hopefully, I am not overstepping my bounds by writing all this, but I felt like God was leading me to write it.
      Thanks for letting me comment.

      1. Dear Rachel,

        I don’t think we should throw away our brains, but when I hear people say use there brains they may mean discernment, however, it is a discernment apart from God. Our brains need to be subject to God and listening to Him. When Joshua told the priests to take the ark into the flooded Jordan, I don’t think our brains would have discerned this as wise. Our limited understanding would say men carrying a heavy load into a flooded river would equal drowning. The spies let their brains interpret what they saw in the promised land as unovercomeable (new word 🙂 ). My understanding of the verses of testing spirits and lacking wisdom is we need ask God and train our brains to think like He does. He is training us to partner with Him.

        Rachel, I like you. You are not overstepping your bounds. There is often a balance to things in the Christian faith. Thanks for adding the other side.


        1. Hi Kevin,
          Thank you for clarifying this. Now, I know what you mean. 🙂
          Thank you for always welcoming my viewpoints.

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