“A person’s own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the Lord.” – Proverbs 19:3 (CSB)
No one likes to be told what to do. We want to make our own decisions. We think we know what is best for our lives. Whether it’s our finances, sexuality, job, marriage, or some other aspect of our lives, we want to be the final arbiter of what is best for us. We want to follow our heart wherever it leads. Then, when that backfires, we have the audacity to blame God for our struggles.
Solomon recognized the hypocrisy in this. When we live the way we want and experience the consequences, it makes no sense to blame God and get angry at him. If we had simply followed his word in the first place, we wouldn’t have caused ourselves heartache and problems.
Social media has connected us to domestic and foreign events in ways that are unprecedented. When events unfold, we learn about them in minutes rather than hours or days. There are benefits to this. It gives us an awareness of what is happening in our world. It reminds us that even if our lives are sailing along smoothly, for many people that is not the case. But there are also drawbacks of being so connected. One of them is that we feel the need to comment on the issues that everyone else is commenting about. This is true even when we have little or no information about a situation or the issues surrounding it.
What if instead of commenting on everything, we took time to dig deeper and learn the history of the situation? Don’t buy what the media tells you through soundbites, headlines, or 140 characters. Learn how each side views it. Unearth the history behind what has happened. And if we absolutely must comment, what if we kept it as simple and genuine as possible? Don’t pretend to know everything or have all the answers.
It’s leap day and you only get one shot every four years to post on this day. In keeping with theme, let’s talk about those times when we must take “a leap of faith.” Not an everyday decision to do something but rather a life-altering, “you want me to do what Lord!?” kind of decision. One of the problems with American Christianity is our desire to play it safe. We would rather sit in the boat with the 11 disciples then get out of the boat like Peter did. Biblical faith calls us to something more. It calls us to follow our Savior even when it seems risky to do so. But stepping out in faith and taking a risk is not the same as being reckless.
Sometimes people couch their impulsive decisions as taking a leap of faith. To be honest, I’ve done it before. But it’s not right to make unwise decision and throw them back on God when they don’t work out the way we hoped. This is where Proverbs is so helpful. We are consistently reminded throughout the book that wisdom is found in a multitude of counselors. When God calls us to do something big – something that requires a leap of faith – he will often confirm that through the wise counsel of those who know us, love us, and care about us most.