Focus Verse: 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The arrogance of the intellect is the root of sin that the enemy uses most effectively. I understand it well. For many years I believed that I could learn and master anything anyone else could learn. After all, I was just as astute as anyone else. But look – that first sin was a temptation to the arrogance of the intellect.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:1-6
And sin came into the world. Before the big lie, man enjoyed a complete fellowship with God. He had everything one could want. He lived in a garden, was given dominion over everything he saw, had meaningful work to occupy him, and walked intimately with God in the cool of the evening. But the serpent beguiled the woman by appealing to the arrogance of the intellect — that she could be as wise as God — without God. And she fell for that lie to her sorrow and ours.
True wisdom lies only with God who sees the beginning and the end of all things – who knows all the braided threads and how they intertwine. Real wisdom lies in obedience to God, trusting that he will tell us what we need to know when we need to know it. It is simple – not always easy – but simple.
Help us to understand that your knowledge is above anything to which we can aspire. Grant that we may not be seduced by the arrogance of the intellect into disobedience. Give us the grace to depend solely on you at all times. In Jesus’ most precious name. Amen.