I joined a new network today and was anxious to play around with the features. There were pages of instructions for how to use it, but I did what I normally do. I ignored the instructions and started clicking on things to see what they did. I must admit that I’m like that with everything… uh oh…
On those rare occasions when I buy a new gadget, I plow right in pressing buttons and experimenting with different things trying to figure things out for myself. (In my defense, part of that is because I’m a visual learner by nature. I learn and retain better when it’s hands on as opposed to reading it in a book or a manual.) If I get stuck or can’t figure it out on my own, THEN I go for the manual as a last resort… I’d almost rather take days to figure it out than consult the manual and have my issue resolved in seconds…
That’s when it hit me - I tend to be like that with everything… even in life. To tell the truth, if I don’t make a concerted effort, I can pass by The Manual several times a day as I run back and forth trying to “figure out” life on my own. I wonder now how many problems lasted longer than they should have because I failed to consult the manual… How many times have I exhausted myself with the effort of trying to live this life on my own rather than turning to the Life Giver for the answers…Wow!
In all honesty, figuring out how to operate my gadgets without the help of a manual makes me feel smarter and proud of the fact that I did it on my own. It is pride... Uh oh… didn’t I read somewhere that pride comes before a fall? Oh boy, I see where this is going … Surely I don’t think I’m smarter than God?!
I’ve mastered going to God with the “big things” of life, but I never think to bother Him with the little things, those things I think I can handle myself, yet He wants to work those things out for me to… So I opened my manual and happened upon Proverbs 2:1-11.
"My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you."