Why do we insist on trying to find man-made solutions for God-sized problems? So often we get in the way of God’s works by trying to take control of a situation. When we get charged with challenges we often seek worldly counsel over sound, biblical advice.
I recall a few years ago talking with Sarah. She had recently gone through a brutal divorce and instead of talking with a pastor or getting a recommendation for a lawyer from someone she trusted, she instead chose the yellow pages. She took matters into her own hands. I would love to say it worked out, but Sarah lost badly in court despite having strong evidence her husband was in the wrong. The court showdown was a lopsided victory for her husband: An incompetent, inexperienced lawyer on one side and an aggressive divorce attorney on the other. It wasn’t even close. Instantly, Sarah became the villain. As a result of the huge financial loss, Sarah was an emotional train wreck. She felt lost, stranded, hopeless, alone, and didn’t know how to pick the pieces of her life back up. Her faith was shaken to the core!
We can always look back and try to play “Monday Morning Quarterback”, and say Sarah could have done this or should have done that. My point here is not to criticize Sarah but rather to give an example of what each of us does daily. We try to get in the way of God’s plan. Challenges come and go every single day, how do you respond to your challenges? Do you surround yourself with those who are Christ-centered and provide wise, biblical counsel? Do you go straight to life’s instruction manual – the Bible? Do you pray and seek His wisdom? It’s amazing to me how often I try to go it alone. I am often just as guilty as Sarah of thinking I know what’s best for my life. But He has a plan! He has a purpose for each and every one of us. All we have to do is seek His will and incorporate His wisdom into our lives!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” – James 1:5-7