I’m always super intrigued by personality assessment tests. They’re always extremely accurate. Whether it be the Love Language Test, Strength Finders, or even the Myers Briggs assessment, they all have me pegged almost perfectly. I’m not even a die-hard zodiac referencer, but even my zodiac sign is on point. As a Virgo, I can be described as altruistic, organized, orderly, modest, and, most of all, logical. Now let’s break down the logic part of my personality. I am a PLANNER, the queen of the to-do list. I weigh options, the empress of the pros and cons list. I have very high emotional intelligence but my logical side is even higher. What makes sense is ultimately what I go with, even if I play with the possibility of other ideas. Now, what happens when what God says doesn’t “make sense”? Whew.
How do you balance logic and God?
Logic aside, the answer is you don’t. As we are embarking upon this Christian walk, at whatever stage, I think one of the first steps is to abandon your logic. That obviously doesn’t mean eliminate the use of your common sense. It just means that some things that God wants for you isn’t going to make sense. Let me give a couple of examples. Let’s say God is calling you to a different profession, for the sake of the scenario, an entrepreneurial venture. First reaction automatically is, “Now wait God, I’m grown with grown bills and responsibilities.” As adults, especially millennials, the math is simple. Work equals money. Money minus bills equals adulting. Period. Or what about if we are involved with someone that God has NOT approved of.? “But God, we just click. We mesh well together. We just make sense.”
God doesn’t care about any of that. Lol. He said what He said.
We often can’t see past logic because that’s what we’ve been conditioned to do. The thing is, a step past logic is a step closer to faith. A step closer to faith is a step closer to God. Our mental capacity only goes so far. As humans, we pretty much know what makes sense to US. What about what makes sense to God though? What about the Word that He wants us to live by? When what He says isn’t the most logical option, in our opinion? 9 times out of 10, that’s flat out rebellion. Let’s be real. Sometimes we just don’t want to do what God says to do. Straight up. I struggle with that every single day; some days are more difficult than others. However, some of it is that our desires simply don’t match God’s.
The point I’m trying to drive home, hence the title of the post, is ALIGNMENT. My constant prayer for myself and others is for God to change the desires of our hearts to match His. We are so gung-ho for doing things that make sense to us but we rarely factor in what God has for us, let alone the steps to get there. Once God changes your heart, you see things differently. Once your heart is aligned with His, the element of rebellion escapes you because you want what He wants. Your alignment affects your perception.
I took a minute to get to my biblical reference, but bear with me. I tend to ramble. Lol.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.
Me: But God, my understanding is perfectly logical. What’s wrong with that?
Walking with God is constantly teaching me to throw my logic away. As a person, I am flawed. The same thing goes for my rationality. God is the exact opposite and we should want our desires and goals to be parallel with what He has for us. There is absolutely no way that our logic could ever supersede God's. Don’t sell yourself short by thinking you know what’s best for your life. You’ll miss out on the abundance of blessings that He has for you by being so arrogant. Get aligned and watch what remarkable things take place.
Whatever it takes, Lord, align my desires with yours, so that my dreams align with your purposes. Let Your Will be done through me.