In the mid-1800s, Ralph Waldo Emerson became a leader in a philosophical movement known as “transcendentalism,” which says that truth comes from personal insight. Emerson wrote, “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men – that is genius.”
Sadly, Emerson’s faulty thinking took root, and personal thoughts about God replaced God’s thoughts and words about Himself. The Lord said in Isaiah, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (55:9).
One of ancient Israel’s songwriters expressed God’s greatness this way: “I know that the Lord is great, and our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deep places” (Psalm 135:5-6).
Jesus, the image of the invisible God, is the source of all truth (Colossians 1:15-19). John the Baptist said of Him: “He who comes from heaven is above all” (John 3:31).
Only God, the creator of all things, deserves to be called transcendent – that is, above and beyond all things. Contrary to what Emerson concluded, truth comes from above, not from within. – Julie Ackerman Link
No matter how we think and try
To understand the Lord above,
Our thoughts can only amplify
Our need to know His truth and love. – Hess
He is no genius who ignores his Creator.
- June 7, Vol. 12A, Our Daily Bread