In 2005, Country Music superstar Carrie Underwood released the wildly popular song, “Jesus Take the Wheel”. The song, written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson depicts a young woman who finds herself in a desperate situation while driving and in an attempt to save her and her childs life, seeks the help of Jesus Christ.
Sound like a familiar situation? Who is driving your life? It is in times of desperation that we need our own personal manual or GPS titled, “How to Trust God”. Guess what…………we have that manual.
You Aren’t That Good!
Often we find ourselves in situations where it seems the only person capable of helping us is God himself. The question is, do you trust God to help you not only in those desperate situations, but in ALL situations? Maybe if we truly trusted God and sought him out constantly, we could avoid those serious situations of desperation before they even got to the point of desperation.
Often times, we simply get comfortable with our own capabilities to “work things out”. While contemplating our own past experiences in relying on ourselves to work out the details of a situation, we should be asking God for his will to give us direction. Why do we not do that? Is it arrogance? Lack of faith? Lack of knowledge? Maybe it is all the above.
Once we come to the realization that we are not that good at getting ourselves out of the holes we’ve dug ourselves in to, we THEN reach out to God. In the Bible, Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding”. This verse, written by the wisest man in the Bible, King Solomon. Here, God is telling us through the wisest man in the Bible to stop trusting in ourselves, but to trust in Him.
God IS That Good!
In the Bible, Proverbs 2:6-7 says, “All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding. God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him and protects all of those who live as they should“. The wisest man in the Bible is telling us that ALL wisdom, comes from the Lord as well as general everyday common sense and understanding. With that, why would we even attempt to rely on our own capabilities to work out issues when the very creator of wisdom and understanding is right here, waiting for us to ask?
Think of a time when you were at work, school, or among family or friends. A problem or a question arose and you were absolutely confident you had the answer. You knew EXACTLY what to do or what the answer was. Unfortunately, everyone just ignored you and did not even consider asking you. Even worse, they didn’t even acknowledge you! How does that make you feel? A little hurt maybe? That is what we do to God when we decide to not call on him for help. When we decide to work things out on our own, we ignore the very creator who gave us the ability to even make that decision.
God IS that good. God knows and understands the problems we face every day even before they become problems.
Ok. What Now?
Maps, whether they are electronic like a GPS or even a paper map, are immensely useful when we find ourselves in unfamiliar areas. With a map, we quickly find our way from one point to a destination and then back out from that destination with general ease. Relate that map to our lives. Frequently, we find ourselves in unfamiliar situations that sometimes can lead us having to make critical decisions for ourselves, others, or both. The question here is this: What do you rely on in those times? Experience? Friends and family to give you direction? The internet?
The Bible is the ultimate GPS. The creator of all that ever was, all that is, and all that ever will be, gave us the ultimate guide to decision-making in the form of one book. So why don’t we follow it? While the exact, precise, custom written answer to all your problems may not SPECIFICALLY be in the Bible, the guide for you to make the correct decision IS in there. 1st Chronicles 16:11 states, “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always“.
Read that passage closely. It doesn’t say, “Look to the Lord and His strength when you get yourselves into trouble; seek His face only when your plan didn’t work out“. It says, “ALWAYS“. There is a saying in aviation that an accident doesn’t happen because of one event, rather, an accident is the culmination of many smaller events that led up to the eventual accident.
Accidents in life, problems we get ourselves in to, troubles, etc., are the same. A problem in life doesn’t just happen out of the blue. Lifes problems are the culmination of many smaller issues we either failed to address or addressed incorrectly along the way leading up to the eventual bigger issue.
During day to day life, we all are faced with temptations and decisions to make that guide our every move. We often have the little tiny small voice that we know, we just know in our heart, what we SHOULD do, but instead we do something different. THAT, is one of those smaller issues, small decisions, that eventually leads to bigger problems.
By the way, that voice we choose to ignore telling us and giving us the instinct of what we SHOULD do,………..that was God. We have to trust in God, listen to him, and follow His direction for us ALWAYS.
Ready, Set, GO!
Listen attentively for God. God has given us specific directions through His word in the Bible and coupled it with instinctive thoughts and feelings that, if we choose to trust in Him, will guide our every move in our walk through life. Psalm 23:4 is, to me, the most comforting verse that allows me to fully trust in God and God alone: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Listen for God. Trust in God. Instead of waiting to call on God when “the big one” happens, listen for Him and follow Him daily.
Like the character in Carrie Underwoods song, we must let go of the wheel and allow Jesus to take over. God will not misguide us. God will not lead us down the wrong road. God will not cause us to make the wrong turn or to miss our exit. But we have to trust that the exit we thought we should take, the turn we thought we should make, and the decisions we thought were right, were in fact not correct. Once we decide to follow God, and not ourselves, we then will have learned how to trust God.