Written by: Nico Bougas
Article source: JOY! Magazine
On the beautiful island of Bermuda there is a rock hanging on a rope with a large sign beside it that says, “Weather Station: Check the Rock. If it’s wet, it’s raining. If it’s moving, it’s windy. If you can’t see it, it’s foggy. If the rock is gone, it’s a hurricane.” It may not be modern technology but at least it’s reliable! The best way to get the latest weather report is to look out the window! Some things in life are obvious. And yet it is amazing how the obvious can stare us in the face and still we don’t see it. And sometimes, with God, instead of “looking out the window” where the answer is staring us in the face, we want a special sign from Him. All the evidence was staring the Jews in the face and still they refused to accept Jesus as their promised Messiah – because He didn’t arrive the way they wanted or expected!
God has empowered us
Sometimes we also want a special sign from God, for various reasons, when the answer is staring us in the face. Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators, said, “God gave you a lot of leading when He gave you a brain so use it.” Sometimes we want God to tell us everything we should or shouldn’t do – or even do for us what we need to do for ourselves. Shortly after his death, the wife of Oswald Chambers compiled a book from her own notes of his teachings. The book became a classic and one of the best known devotional books, My Utmost for His Highest. In the book Chambers said, “We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do.”
Use the Bible as your roadmap
God will not do anything for us that we need and can do for ourselves. He will give us wisdom if we ask for it and guidance if we trust our life to Him, but He does not and will not make our decisions for us. He gives us freedom to make our own choices and to live our life as we will – and the responsibility for the choices that we make. If we make bad choices, we will get bad results.
God has given us both a head and a heart and expects us to use them both. The important thing is that we live and get in step with His will and His plan for our lives. We get to this place in our lives when we use His Word, the Bible, as our roadmap. When we do this, while no life is perfect, we will find that most of life falls into place in harmonious ways. And the only way we can discover what these principles are is to read them in the Bible.
God wants us to grow up
People who want God to tell them every detail of their lives are like little children wanting mommy or daddy to tell them every move. God wants us to grow up and be responsible, to become whole, and learn to make healthy choices and decisions.
So where do we begin to know how to make right choices? By reading, studying, and knowing God’s Word. This is where we find His principles for effective and wholesome daily living. And by using the mind that God has given you. “Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” – Psalm 119:105.
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