“Khan, I am laughing at the superior intellect.”
We have a saying in Narcotics Anonymous that goes something like this, “I have never met anyone too dumb to get clean and sober, but I have met those who are too smart to ever get it.” In my over 35 years of clean time in recovery I have seen a lot of addicts come and go, and live and die and many have proven the statement given above to be true. It really does seem that some don’t get clean because their intellect gets in their way. Because of this they are unable to surrender to a simple 12 step lifestyle that could save them and help them avoid the troubles and woes that addiction brings. Problem is that when one has a grand intellect they sometimes try to think themselves out of terrible situations, instead of simply surrendering their will and life to God and HIS will for them.
The fact is that “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up and the man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.” (1 Corinthians 8) When we are “puffed” up in this manner it is difficult to see anything except what is in our own big head. This is true of any problem that we face in this life and not just addiction. We really think we know better than even God in many situations and because of this we become our own worst enemy. Intellectual pride is a HUGE obstacle to overcome, because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) And let me tell you God’s grace, His unmerited favor, has gotten me out of more bad situations than my own best thinking ever has. In fact it is usually my own best thinking that gets me into the negative situations that HIS grace eventually pulls me out of.
Don’t get me wrong, a healthy intellect is something we could all benefit from. The problems come when we elevate our intellect to a place equal or above God’s will and ways. “For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” (1 Corinthians 1:19) It all boils down to what I have said here before..we “need to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) The key here is EVERY thought and not just the ones we think could be wrong or misguided. Because what might be right and prudent in one situation could be 100% wrong in the next. I think it is a HUGE problem when we pre-approve certain thoughts by our own carnal reasoning. When we do that we are just playing God and the potential for negative consequences is very high. The thing we need to always remember is God’s will, NOT my will, even when my will looks more feasible and attractive at the time. Because, “The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:25)
Kirk Out !