Fully Resourced

Where do you turn for advice?  I recently encountered a problem on the highway…my car just stopped running.  I started it back up again right away and arrived home with no other problems.  That is, until the next day, when a repeat performance happened on my way to work.  Being a former mechanic, I already read the engine code (one that had been recurring over the past few months with no performance problems) and checked out the simple things.  What next?  Why Google, of course!  With that combined resource of experience and information how could I not find an answer or, at least, next steps (which I did)?  But my morning Bible reading reminded me about the importance of choosing the right source to answer the really important issues of life.  The Old Testament book of 2 Kings begins with the story of a king named Ahaziah.  As he was trying to recover from a serious fall but sensing it might be the end of life, he sent messengers to ask a man-made god whether or not he would die.  But the always aware, one-and-only God sent the prophet Elijah to the king with a message, “This is what the LORD says: Why did you send messengers to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether you will recover? Is there no God in Israel to answer your question? Therefore, because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on; you will surely die.” 2 Kings 1:16 (New Living Translation).  So, where do YOU turn for answers?  This isn’t a “scare” question, this incident was a very particular cause and effect. God has positive things in mind when He tells us to trust Him with all the answers.  How trustworthy is He?  This excerpt from my morning Psalm lays the trust foundation, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:16 (New Living Translation). Really, He’s ready!  And He has all the right answers, all the time!  Not that they don’t sometimes hurt to hear or follow, but they’re always right.  Not like what your brother-in-law told you to do but failed. Not like your own past experience, but it didn’t work this time.  Not like Google, the collected works of human opinion and practice that failed because the particular variables in your life were totally unique.  Only God made you, prepared for you, and is able to provide for you.  Every. Single. Time.  Maybe the better question is, when have you gone somewhere other than God for answers?  Take that thing to Him and see how He leads you!  Read the whole 139th Psalm for a fuller picture of God’s intent to bless!