Hey, What Are You Trying To Prove?

25 Jan

Warning: If you’re over 30, you may find the following information shocking.

My sister is a former high school math teacher. Her freshman son informed her geometry is quite simple. When she asked if they’d done proofs yet, he reported proofs are, “..old and outdated. They haven’t been done for years.”

Turns out this info was correct. My sister asked around while subbing at his school and learned proofs were dropped since they aren’t testable on the state’s TAKS test.

Proofs were a huge part of geometry for all of us “old people.” Can your even remember what else you did in geometry other than proofs?

I’m not saying I liked them, far from it.  A proof gave you a fact, and you had to work it out to demonstrate its authenticity. It could be hard stuff, especially for the naturally impatient, like me.

Thinking about this, I wonder if proofs in lives of christians have also been “phased out.”

Is there a separation between the truth of God’s direct word and whether or not we choose to apply it to our lives? Are we willing to go through the painful process of proving his word faithful in our everyday lives?

C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, “Believing things on authority only means believing them because you have been told them by someone you think trustworthy. Ninety-nine per cent of the things you believe are believed on authority. I believe there is such a place as New York. I have not seen it myself….The ordinary man believes in the Solar System, atoms, … the circulation of the blood on authority–because the scientists say so.” (bold emphasis added)

When we ignore any aspect of God’s clear word, refusing to work it out in lives, we are choosing not to prove him faithful. We are walking away from wisdom, because it doesn’t fit into the little bubble answer we want for our lives.

Let’s talk: What’s a time when you painfully surrendered something to the Lord completely, and he proved his faithfulness?

Prayer: Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you into discernment, enlarged faith, and enough trust to prove his word in any every area of your life.

Suggested Reading: Proverbs Ch 2; Proverbs 3: 5 – 7;  John 16: 33; Romans 12: 2 -3; Romans 12:21; 1 Peter 1: 24 – 25; 1 John 2: 3 -6; 1 John 2: 15 – 17; Revelation 19: 11 – 13

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