Gifts that Guide Us: Intelligence, Intuition, and Experience

We are guided by our intelligence: Our intellect and reasoning power is a gift from God. And the good news is, regardless of our level of intelligence God finds a way to reason with us. God will give us the guidance we need if we want it. God gets His point across regardless of our IQ or raw intelligence. God will not penalize us for what we don’t have or have less than others. God’s guiding influence is not limited or enhanced by our IQ or raw intelligence. If we want God to guide and reason with us, He will. This is a promise.   

Whatever smarts we have, let’s use it for good. A high IQ does not give us the right to be proud, arrogant, or critical. But it does mean more is required of us. We are obligated to show justice, mercy, tolerance, fairness, equality, and generosity; to do something good in our world that so desperately needs it. Many intellectually gifted Christians like the Apostle Paul, Michelangelo, St. Francis of Assisi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Leonardo Di Vinci, John Calvin, Louis Pasteur, C.S Lewis, Martin Luther King, Florence Nightingale, Mother Theresa – all made the world a better place.

We are also guided through our intuition: Reliability is always the issue when it comes to trusting our intuition. It is subjective for sure. This is why it is scarcely used in science, investments, mathematics, and other like disciplines. It can however be very useful for personal relationships and some business decisions. Intuition sharpens our observations of how things work and what they really are. Intuition is a sense of the truth of things; at least until the facts come into view that indicate something different.  It’s okay to trust ourselves. Many times it’s right.

Many an entrepreneur has hatched a new business because they had a feeling about a venture before any verifiable evidence confirmed it would be successful. Corporate and political leaders have stuck their neck out to do something new against the warnings of trusted advisors because they just had a deep conviction, an intuition, it would work or simply should be done.

Many a romance has blossomed into lasting and happy marriages. Relationships that start with an inkling, a sort of intuition, that this could be the right person. Hopefully the facts confirm the intuitive feelings we had at first glance. This is one of the reasons it ‘s important to be who we are when presenting ourselves to others; especially someone we might spend our life with.

We are guided by our past experiences: We often reason, if it has happened this way before it is probable it will happen this way again! We have a lot of biographical detail about King David in the Bible. David is just a teenage musician and shepherd with no military skill or training. There was a standoff between the armies of Israel and the Philistines. The Philistine leadership came up with a unique and lopsided challenge so they could avoid an all out war. They proposed that the battle would be decided between a gigantic warrior named Goliath and any Israeli soldier who had the guts to fight him – there were no takers. War looked eminent.

As was the case in warfare at the time, David was delivering provisions to his brothers who were in the army. When David heard about the challenge and opportunity to end the fighting by taking down the Philistine Champion, he immediately accepted. King Saul, the Commander and Chief of the Israeli army heard of David’s willingness to fight Goliath. Saul brought David into his war tent and ask him why he wanted to do something that seemed so likely to fail?

David leaned on his past experiences as a young shepherd. He shared that on two separate occasions a lion and a bear tried to pounce and paw his flock. David miraculously struck down both the lion and the bear leaving the sheep unharmed. He went on to say that Goliath would meet the same fate as these two predators. David’s past experiences gave him this confidence. David, defeated Goliath. This was an astonishing upset with a homemade slingshot that was likely the same one he used to strike down the lion and the bear!

Joseph C. Hutchison


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