How Smart Are We?


If we take a step back, it’s easy to see we have become incredibly knowledgeable over the years. If we displayed just how smart we have become on a graph, perhaps it would look something like this.

  • Up to 1845 = 1 inch.
  • 1845 to 1945 = 3 inches.
  • 1945 to 1976 = the height of the Washington Monument.
  • 1976 to Current = the height of the Empire State Building.

(John McArthur, tape on Ephesians 5:15-17, expanded)

Without a doubt, our advances in technology, medicine, and the overall understanding of life have made us incredibly smart. However, there are still so many aspects of this life we are clueless about. In fact, the smarter we become, the more ignorant we realize we actually are.

Compared to the people of the past, we have become quite smart, yet overall we are still extremely clueless. No matter how intelligent and advanced we become, we will always pale in comparison to God’s knowledge. As Isaiah 55:8-9 describes it, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”

In times past, people became arrogant in their knowledge. This arrogance has lead many into thinking they don’t need God, and what a tragic misunderstanding this is. God is the all-knowing creator and sustainer of this life. No matter how smart we become, we will always need Him. Therefore, let’s elevate Him to His proper place, and humble ourselves to ours (James 4:6).

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