If you are wise in your own eyes, God will be little more than a question mark to you. You won’t feel much desire to pray. If you read your Bible, you will filter what God says through what you already believe. That is what the Pharisees did.
Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40).
But the promise of Jesus is that if you will open the Scriptures with a humble heart, God will teach you. Jesus said, “It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me” (John 6:45).
If you will open the Scriptures with a humble heart, you will hear God’s voice, and you will learn from him. Jesus says that the outcome of this is that the person taught by God “comes to me.” In other words, the result of hearing God’s voice and learning from him is that the person comes to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Never be wise in your own sight!
Taken from Pastor Colin’s sermon “Overcoming Evil with Humility.“