I wanted to be an architect.

At Boise State, that means that you study art and math. After doing that for two years, one transfers to another school where they focus more on drafting, AutoCad software and building code and theory. Because of this, I took more math than most humans need. I mostly earned A’s in my courses, which was funny because I always felt as though I was behind in my understanding of these classes.

I got geometry really easily, but calculus had to come about to get me to understand algebra. Trigonometry helped me understand calculus and I really never grasped trig because God interrupted my life at that point and I began to focus on Him- in other words, I hardly gave a rip about trig ( I earned a B in that class).

I remember loving math homework, as long as I understood what I was working on because it was a lot like solving a puzzle. Most math books had the answers in the back of the book, much like crossword puzzle and sudoku books which was nice, too. But math problems were enjoyable because one applied rules to situations. We examined the facts. We came up with one answer (most of the time). That answer would be right or wrong. It was black and white, with little room for variation.

As I said, I love math when I understood the concepts being taught; if i didn’t get them, I struggled. When I didn’t quite get it, I had to study. I’ve been thinking about what God wants a lot lately, and it almost feels like math homework. I have to learn the principles and then apply them to the situations I encounter, but there’s so much more than following a bunch of rules.

The church needs to learn the rules, but living by them is as completely lifeless as living in the Old Testament seemed to be, unless you happened to have nice hair and ran around with a donkey’s jawbone. People messed up. They avoided the tabernacle if they were unclean, some had to stay outside of the camp for a while and they all offered their sin and peace offerings and did whatever the law dictated.

Prophets were always there to share what God had to say about how Israel was living, but they really got going when idolatry was a problem. It’s funny to me that the men who heard God the most happened to come across as the grumpiest in the land. They were always talking smack and the sex shrines of ba’al and all the other slutty deities.Regardless, the prophets brought life to Israel in sharing God’s will with the body of people.

Looking at the new testament, nobody needs a prophet for their personal living, as we all can hear from God but we all need prophetic revelation to bring life to God’s word and the application of it all. We can live by rule, but if we don’t understand them, we’re just like I was all the way through college with my math courses, faking it and hoping to get an A in life.

The opposite holds true as well- we need our pastors, teachers and prophets to study to understand what God says to them. It seems that allowing those in leadership to be ignorant of their “specialty” is begging for a cult to start. Not only that, but we as believers had better know what we believe and why. If we don’t, we’re asking to be led astray by strong personalities with straight, white teeth.

Have standards for those leading you.

Have standards for yourself.

Expect God to bring life to it all.

You have to listen when He speaks though if you want to live the balanced life He wants you to lead.