While embroiled in an important decision over the last few days, my mind wandered to “wouldn’t it be nice if we each had our own little fairy to whisper the right choice in our ear when we deliberate the pros and cons of an issue?” I consider myself a decision maker, but there are times I wish I had a ready expert to make the decision for me. Sometimes, the answer really is just that simple—hire an expert!
We are such complex beings, and whether male or female, most of the time, we would rather do things our way. Stubborn may be too harsh a word, but we do have our opinions. When we need some direction, however, we usually stew a little until the answer becomes clear, whether through an epiphany, laborious research or through that expert I mentioned earlier.
Even experts need experts, since none of us knows it all … which brings us to the point of this precept called direction. What seems more manageable to you: 100 experts for 100 different problems or one expert for all problems? I think most would agree that the logistics alone for involving 100 experts would become hard to handle. Conversely, what about the ability to call on One Expert for all our needs, both the practical and the spiritual?
PROVERBS 3:4-6 (TLB) advises
“If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
One might argue that to never trust ones’ self shows a lack of confidence, and after all, aren’t we supposed to be confident as Christians? Well, yes, that is exactly the point of the advice. Since we human beings are not infallible, our judgment is going to fail from time to time. However, if we use our Infinitely Infallible God to direct our path, our efforts are going to be “crowned with success.” That’s the kind of Christian confidence I highly recommend.
It takes a great deal of faith to give it all to God, to let Him guide you to the right choice for a school, a business decision or even a piece of furniture. It does not matter what you question. He knows it all and He owns it all. When I remember to quit stewing and get praying, it is amazing how quickly the answer comes … and without fail I ask myself, “now, why didn’t I do that sooner?”
Let us strive to seek God’s direction more, so that we can become like the psalmist:
“I will bless the Lord who counsels me; he gives me wisdom in the night. He tells me what to do.” Psalm 16:7 (TLB)