“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them” Isaiah 42:16, NIV.
One afternoon, my husband and I was visiting our pastor and his wife in their home. We sat down in their living room and I noticed a puzzle on the table. Immediately, I was intrigued. I picked up the puzzle and attempted to solve it. There were four wooden pieces, that were supposed to fit together perfectly in a wooden box. While trying to figure it out, my pastor came over and put all of the pieces in place for me. He then stood back and smiled as if he had saved the day, but I wasn’t happy about it. I was a bit upset, but I tried not to show it. I didn’t ask for his help, but he helped me anyway. I felt like a five year old girl, screaming on the inside, “I wanted to do it!” I wanted to feel the sense of accomplishment that comes from working hard to put something together that was out of order. He didn’t know how much I love the challenge of figuring things out. He didn’t know how I love puzzles. I got over it, of course, but God used that small situation to show me something valuable.
If we didn’t ever need to think, God wouldn’t have given us a brain. He wants us to think before we do things. He wants us to apply ourselves, and to use our brains to accomplish great things in life.
Just like in the example, maybe you’re enjoying using your God-given brain to work on some projects in your life. Maybe you have good sense and it’s working for you. Understand this, God is not like man. He’s not going to barge in and fix things for you. He waits until we realize we need His help. He waits until we say, “Hey, God I need your help!” When you have tried everything and you can’t figure out how to solve your financial problems, your marriage problems, your health problems, or your problems with addiction, that’s the perfect time for you to call on Jesus and let Him help you. He will flex His muscles in your life. He will pick you up and guide you to His exact wisdom. Yes, whatever smarts and common sense you have, use it! God gave it to you. But know that God is standing there to help you when you call on Him. He is a very present help in the time of trouble (see Psalms 46:1).
Talk to Him: Father God, I thank you for speaking to my heart. You’ve given me a brain, help me use it. Give me common sense, and give me wisdom and show me how to use it. But when I reach a point when I don’t know what to do and I can’t find my way out, help me always remember to call on you. Help me not to waste precious time. I need you. Help me, God. It’s only by your grace that I can do anything. Thank you Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Proverbs 14:1)
Penned by: Kesha Trippett