Intelligence verses Obedience

A good friend of mine once told me a parable, and I would like to share it with you. A young man once graduated from a University with a degree in Agriculture. After receiving his degree at University it was time to move back to the family farm and help his father continue the work that was to be done there. It was just in time for planting the crops and sowing the seed. The father, who’s been farming for four times as long as the son has been alive, asks his son to take some seed and plant it in the east field. The son happily goes to the east field and since he just received his degree from university in soil testing, he is going to put his intelligence to good use. He first tests the field to see the PH level, and after testing for Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, some of the major nutrients needed for soil to produce a good crop. He then continues to test for secondary nutrients and even minor nutrients. After getting the results and seeing that the soil is good for planting, the son happily sows the seed in the east field. The son then returns happily back to the father, pleased with his work and his obedience to his father’s task. The father then asks the son to plant another seed in the North field. The son goes and repeats the same procedure done in the east field. After seeing the soil is good for planting the son sows the seed and returns to his father as an obedient son. The father then gives him a third seed and tells him to go to their last field to sow, the field in the West. The son says to himself “I will do as I have done before.” But this time as the son tests the soil, he finds that the soil is not fit for planting. So he returns to his father and explains to him that after doing he’s tests the field is not right for planting. The father again asks the son to sow the seed in the field. But now an argument breaks out between the son and his father, the son starts shouting to his father that he has a degree in Agriculture and that the field is not ready to be planted and so he will not plant the seed! The father shakes his head as the son will no longer obey his word. The wise father was just testing the son, as it turns out, it was not seed at all that was to be planted in the west field but was nutrients for the soil, the son just didn’t think to test the seed!

As the son of a farmer I thought that this was a great parable. A lot of us would think that the son was obedient in the first two fields and it wasn’t until the last field that he finally disobeyed his father. But if you observe the son he is not obeying his father at all! The 1st and 2nd field the son only plants the seed because he tested the soil and approves of the decision, not because the father has asked him and he wants to obey. The 3rd field he will not obey his father because he does not agree with the decision. In all three fields the son is not obedient to his father, but to himself. He allows his Intelligence to determine his obedience. We can do the same when it comes to God! We need to obey God, not because we agree every time, but on the simple fact because God says so!

In the United Kingdom people have fallen into the lie of Satan that says they can “be like God” by having knowledge (Gen 3:5). When people believe this lie they become “self righteous”, the perfect example of someone wanting to trust Intelligence over obedience is Job. Job only wanted to obey God when it made sense, when life was going well. Once things went bad Job forgot his sins and charged God with evil doing (Job 3). As a great preacher once said “people are like tea bags, you don’t know what’s inside of them until you put them in hot water.” As you know Job was full of self-righteousness, but it doesn’t get exposed until he gets put into “hot water”. But God knows what’s in our hearts, and the whole time would have known pride was in there. When we don’t understand why God has allowed something to happen or has made something happen, we then don’t think it logical to obey his word. Especially if we don’t see where this road of obedience will lead, we like to be able to logically put all the pieces together and once we see the ending picture and like it, then we can start the journey down this road. The reason why we don’t trust is because we have forgotten who God is. 1. God is Love (1 john 4:16). 2 God has plans for your life, plans to prosper and to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). 3 God disciplines those he loves (Hebrews 12: 5). 4 God wants all men to be saved (1Timothy 2:4). And 5 God gave his son for you while you were an enemy to God (Romans 5:10). When we don’t know who God is, it can be hard to trust Him and have a Faith that allows you to obey, even if it doesn’t intellectually make sense.

Jesus Commands us to change our mind-set. John 8:31-32 “To the Jews who have believed him, Jesus said “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!” According to Jesus we are called to obey the word of God, “hold to his teaching”, then after we do that we can understand, “know the truth”. It doesn’t logically make sense that when someone becomes a disciple they are to change their lives completely their bad habits and even parts of their character. Yet Jesus just tells them to Obey and they will be “set free” from their sin. Our lives get full of sins that we long to over come and get out of our lives, however if we are not willing to accept obedience over Intelligence we will never be set free and we will never be able to please God. 1John 5:3 “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,” To Love God is to Obey God even if it doesn’t make sense. I remember when I first studied the Bible and saw in the scriptures that I needed to change my life, and my character. I needed to stop smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, stop chewing tobacco, stop drinking every night for comfort, to stop being immoral with my girl friend, and to be a man of integrity. You could say I had to take a leap of Faith! But I will never forget the prayer that I prayed a few days before I got baptized… “God if this is true, I want you to do what you say you’re going to do, and ill start doing what you call me to do!” Even though I couldn’t see how it was possible for me to change, I had to make a decision to believe God at his word and simply obey. Since that day God has done incredible things in my life, I’ve been freed for over 4 years from smoking and drinking and impurity, I moved to Los Angeles, Got an incredible wife, moved to London England, Have a perfect little girl, and Lord willing will be leading an incredible church in Boston! God is Awesome!

Your wise if you obey, if you do not you’re a fool. If someone says they do not want to obey God because it doesn’t make sense it’s because they don’t believe that God knows better than they do. They believe they are wiser than God himself! However, “the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (1Cor1:25) so “Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise.” (1Cor3:18). Do people know more than God? Then how is it so many people want to argue with the word of God? The Bible says to “repent and get baptized” (Acts 2:38) that you must be “born of water and Spirit” (John 3:5-7), yet people want to argue. Jesus says to “Go and make disciples of All Nations” (Matthew 28:18-20), and still some has said it’s unBiblical and impossible. According to God you are a fool! To be wise is to simply obey the word of God no matter your feelings or if you understand it or not. For you to obey means you would have to do something without understanding why, except the fact that “God tells me so.” To you this is foolishness. Maybe more people need to become fools in their own eyes so they can be wise in God’s.

So the next time you read a scripture and God is calling you to do something that doesn’t make sense, remember the words of Solomon “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things”(Ecclesiastes 11:4-5), if you try to understand everything before obeying, nothing will get done and no harvest will be reaped. So make a decision to have faith and just obey the word of God, and watch as God does incredible things in your life and in your ministry as he blesses your obedience. To God be all the glory.


Coltin L Rohn