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Is God Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

April 25, 201210 Comments


Is God Smarter Than a 5th Grader?


Can you imagine, the host of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader”, welcoming the viewing audience and saying “over here we have Desiree and Graceson from I.K.A. Elementary in Bighead Springs, Ar. And today our guess contestant, who will challenge the fifth grader, will be God!”  That would be insane and the ratings would definitely go through the roof, but as we know it’s not going to happen.  While I don’t think about God showing up at the popular T.V show taking on some bewildered child trembling in His presence. I do think about this, do we treat God like He’s smarter than a fifth grader?  Or more to the point, do we treat God like He’s smarter than ourselves?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding…(Pro 3:5)

For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding…(Pro 2:6)

When we think of creation we often think about the power of His word that created.  However, lets think about the wisdom, the knowledge, and the understanding that created everything we see.  If that’s not enough, lets go further and think about His wisdom and knowledge in the fact that in everything He created, He put within it sustainability; the ability to bear fruit and recreate.  “… whose seed is in itself…” (Gen 1:11) We mine the mines for diamonds and create beautiful jewelry for people to wear, but God put the diamond in the mine.  We stand in awe over the doctors who operate, treat and work a small part in our healing, but God created the body, the brain, the heart, the liver and everything else in us. Again, lets not think about power to create, but His wisdom, knowledge and understanding in creating; think about the details that hold everything together and makes everything work.  Do we treat God like He’s the God who created everything we see?  The God who holds an Honorary Doctorates in Creation, majoring in everything that is and will be!

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (Jas 1:5)

We often only think of God being knowledgeable in religious matters i.e people hurting or need salvation.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  In Exodus God told Moses that He had given His spirit to a few men, “…in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.” ( Exo 31)  This work required the exercising of their minds and bodies.  To which God says, He had equipped them to do it, with bodies in creation, and with knowledge and understanding in their minds through His Spirit.  We must take off our “religious glasses”, and remember when we look through the scriptures God does not qualify His wisdom; it never says his wisdom is only for “church” business, and moral living.  While leaving us desperate and ignorant in actual trades and in specific industries.  When we come across passages talking about God’s wisdom it’s never qualified or limited, it’s only restraint is in our desire to seek it and depend on it.

Let us draw near to our God, our Heavenly Father who is not only all powerful, but who is all knowledgeable.  Let’s lose ourselves of the thinking that limits God’s knowledge and keeps us from going to Him for it.  Let us fully depend on a God who has all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom stored up in Him (Col 2:3), who gives liberally to those who ask and believe.  Let us remember that God is smarter than a fifth grader, and He is smarter than you and me!





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  1. Tahlitha says:

    Yes, indeed Thomas. He gives us (some) wisdom but not rule. That’s still job #1 for our Lord.

  2. Tahlitha says:

    What I mean by ‘some’ is that our wisdom (God-given), doesn’t exceed His own.

    “Let us remember that God is smarter than a fifth grader, and He is smarter than you and me!”

  3. Judy says:

    Well said, Thomas. God is active in all areas of our lives, not only that which we call “church.” I’ve always loved that Exodus reference in which God gifted people for creative work. We all create in our homes, jobs, relationships, and it all comes from God.

  4. Mel says:

    Thomas, another fine post here!

    As I was reading this, honestly, I had to laugh at myself. How many times do I doubt God’s ability and want to take my simple life matters into my own hands? He is the Creator of all reality, the entire universe, every single thing that I could ever comprehend and then some… And then, as I was reading, I had to pause and wonder that the all-powerful Creator of all things *knows* and infinitely loves little ole me. Psalm 139 comes to mind… 🙂

    Also, it’s very exciting that you have your own address now apart from the thing. Awesome!! Oh and I dig the new theme/layout as well. Very nice! Looking forward to more posts!

    • Thomas Smith says:

      Thank you Mel,

      Your compliment is very timely and I’m glad you found the theme and layout to be nice, I’m still getting used to it though. God’s love, grace and peace to you!

  5. The Third says:

    Great!! I would watch that episode of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader if God went on it. 🙂

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