I am not sure we do this on purpose… but at times we may think that with our lives, our lifestyle, our daily and weekly plans, our families, our jobs, our mental and spiritual health, etc. etc. we know better than God “how to live and make decision.” In every area of life we can fall into thinking that “we are smarter than God.”
A story from Bits & Pieces relates, “While she was enjoying a transatlantic ocean trip, Billie Burke, the famous actress, noticed that a gentleman at the next table was suffering from a bad cold. “Are you uncomfortable?” she asked sympathetically. The man nodded. “I’ll tell you just what to do for it,” she offered. “Go back to your stateroom and drink lots of orange juice. Take two aspirins. Cover yourself with all the blankets you can find. Sweat the cold out. I know just what I’m talking about. I’m Billie Burke from Hollywood.” The man smiled warmly and introduced himself in return. “Thanks,” he said, “I’m Dr. Mayo from the Mayo clinic.” (Bits & Pieces, March 3, 1994, p. 24.)
We for sure know that God is Creator, Sovereign, All Powerful and All Knowing, but often times it is easy to slide into this thinking that we are “smarter than God.” David the psalmist states by inspiration,
“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in– behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. .” Psalm 139:1-14
May we understand wholly that God is overall and He reigns over all in every way. With that said, His ways are perfect and His plan for each of our lives is sovereign. So today as we may think our ways may be better, smarter or more thought-through than God… may we take a step back, remember David’s words and give God our lives, our steps and the Glory for every blessings.
By Andy Burns