When you need answers to questions, who do you typically turn to? Where do you go to find answers that you trust and rely on to make decisions?
- Do you Google or Bing or Ask your questions online?
- Do you visit Facebook and ask your friends or family?
- Are there family members you turn to more often than others?
- Do you visit the library? Ask a physician or licensed professional?
- Do you rely on yourself, your education, your experience, your wisdom and knowledge?
- Does it depend on the given situation?
We have a wealth of resources available to us at almost 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Sometimes it is a REALLY great thing. Sometimes it becomes and endless maze of searching without finding a solid answer.
Who do you trust?
In situations where we often do our own research, it is really easy to forget to turn to the One Who made us. The One Who Knows All, Sees All, and has our life in the palm of His hand. It is really easy to spend hours on the internet taking notes and comparing solutions. It is easy to make a lot of phone calls, send a few emails, or schedule several appointments, without ever consulting with the Great I Am.
It’s really easy to forget that God’s Word says
The plans of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
Proverbs 16:1 (NASB)
I’m guilty of that. I spend much time using my own knowledge, education, and resources – without ever asking for direction, without truly seeking His wisdom (and I mean much more than a hurried prayer whispered out of desperation asking Him to bless my efforts), or just simply waiting on Him.
I charge ahead doing what I can, when I can. I forget to just Be Still.
I think I have to know all the answers, and when I don’t know the answers, I think I am fully responsible for finding them, instead of WAITING on Him to speak to me.
Sometimes, I charge ahead and have to spend time disentangling myself from a mess that I didn’t even need to get myself into.
I trust myself, knowing that I am flawed, broken, hopeless, and in desperate need of God.
Just like Eve, I hear the seductive whisper that tells me I can know for myself the answer that I need. And just like Eve, I grab onto the fruit of my own knowledge and too easily fall into trying to find my own way instead of trusting the One who knows me and loves me and wants His best for me.
Putting our trust in the God of the universe requires swallowing some pride, but leads to life everlasting.