Who knew that Dennis Prager, Jordan B. Peterson, and me have something in common?
I may be wrong, but I feel Dennis has rejected Jesus as God. And again, I may be wrong, but I feel Jordan is searching for Jesus but as the Jesus Jordan wants to find not what the Bible reveals. And I know I am not wrong, but by Jesus’ favor that I do not deserve, I have found Him or He has found me and I consented to follow Him.
(Do I equate myself with these giants of intellect? Hardly. Rather, I offer myself as contrast to them).
I used to think I was really smart. I worshiped myself and my intellect. I thought I was better than others. God told me I was a sinner and I denied it. He gave me 10 years of Serious Mental Illness to humble me. After 10 years, with a broken mind and life, God offered Himself to me again. I grudgingly accepted Jesus. In His great humility His made me His own.
So why do men much greater than me not find Jesus and God revealed Jesus to me?
At that very time He [Jesus] rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
Luke 10:21 (NASB95)
The Father had hidden Jesus from me because I trusted and relied on my own “wisdom” and “intellect” to find Him. I did not humble myself and cry out in dependence and desperation (like a little baby in distress) on my Father and trust Him to answer and supply all my need. After God had humbled me with Serious Mental Illness, I was still evil, still full of pride, but my meager assent to Jesus was enough for Him and He did the rest.
Self-dependence is the only issue. Jesus wants you to depend totally on Him.