We live in an unbelievable age. One where seemingly every question can be answered by the mere tapping of our fingertips.
With their cell phones our youth now have more computing power in their hands than global super computers had when many of us were growing up.
As a historical novelist I can’t even imagine how much more difficult my predecessors had it in conducting basic research prior to conveniences provided by the Internet.
Want to know how to repair a leaking sink? Google it. Interested in learning how to dance the two-step? Google it. Solve a math equation? Win a trivia bet? Prune a tree? Google it. Google it. Google it.
So if we can get the answer to every question imaginable to man on Google, why do we bother asking God anything?
Sadly…many people don’t. Until there is a challenge in their lives and their only question is “Why, why, why?”
Nearly two thousand years before the advent of the world wide web the Apostle Paul warns us about pushing away from trusting God:
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”
1 Cor 3:19
That’s probably why it’s no surprise some of the top inquiries of Google include: “What is twerking?” “How to kiss” and “How to flirt”.
But even more disturbing is when people rely on Google or Oprah or People Magazine for answers to some of life’s most challenging questions. What should I do about my spouse’s infidelity? How do I deal with grief? How should I raise my children?
Yes, there are powerful Biblically sound resources available on the web, but there are also endless Terabytes of lies and misinformation.
In the Book of Jeremiah God reveals He can provide us with access to critical inside information well beyond the limits of Google:
3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
So why don’t we rely more on God than Google?
A fair response by some may be, “I don’t know how to ask God a question.”
Henry Blackaby in his book Experiencing God explains there are many ways in which we can discern the will of our Creator. We can hear His voice through the reading of the Bible, the counsel of Godly friends, prayer, during worship and even through the lessons of the circumstances in our lives.
The more we seek life’s answers in this way and the less we rely on popular culture, the clearer His voice becomes in every aspect of our journey.
Yet for many, this is not new knowledge. This isn’t what is holding us back. We know how to ask God a question.
We just aren’t sure we’ll like His answer.
What is the greatest challenge in your life? Do you trust God with the solution?