August 29, 2016
Who Are You Asking?
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6)
Friend to Friend
Four years ago we installed a new bathroom sink in our downstairs powder room. While I love the way it looks, I have not loved the way it has worked – because the water pressure has been a dreary drizzle.
I asked my husband Brad if he could fix the water pressure a few times. Let me say this: my man is awesome at a million and one things – he’s super smart and awesome around the house – but he has no plumbing experience. Being the great guy he is, he dutifully checked what he knew to check on the faucet, but had no success.
Recently, we had a plumber come to our house to install a new kitchen sink. While he worked, he and my husband chatted away. Eventually Brad casually mentioned that we had an issue with the water pressure in our downstairs powder room.
Once the kitchen sink was fully installed, the plumber asked to see the bathroom sink. Within 30 seconds he not only identified our four-year-old problem, but he fixed it!
In 30 seconds!
It was a simple filter problem. Our filter had been clogged. For four years.
Get. Out. Of. Here.
He unscrewed the tip of our faucet and rinsed out the filter, then put it back in place. Problem solved. The water flows perfectly now.
The sink is the same sink, the faucet is the same faucet, but now it works great because we finally asked the right person about our problem! The plumber knows all about sinks and he knew just what needed to be done.
It really doesn’t take a genius to figure out where the God-connection to all of this is heading, right? We need to take our problems to the One with the answers. We need to ask God first.
I mess up on this all the time! I look to other people for help with my problems instead of first asking God. Don’t we all do this? We go to our friends, we ask our husbands, and often we ask Google! All of which can be good and valid sources for knowledge and direction. It is very easy, however, to go to the phone before we go to the throne, isn’t it? We run to people with good intentions who possess limited knowledge and subjective opinions.
If you and I are looking for answers, direction, or wisdom – we need to go to God first. God gives guidance in everything that we inquire of Him. He is the source of all wisdom, all knowledge, all understanding… all that we need.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6)
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”(Isaiah 55:6)
The plumber had the know-how to fix my sink. He’s a sink expert! God is all knowing and is the One we need for the answers we seek. He’s the life expert! Imagine what our lives would look like if we always asked God for help first. We could avoid so many troubles and gain great vision, clarity, and direction. It’s for a good reason that we are told to “pray continually.”(1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
Dear Lord, Please lead me in your wisdom, knowledge and understanding today. Direct my choices, my behaviors, and my heart. Forgive me for the times when I look to others or to myself when I should be looking to You.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Who else are you calling on first? Consider why.
Read Psalm 63. Respond in prayer.
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Originally published Monday, 29 August 2016.