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Topic: Expert (09/05/13)
TITLE: To Whom Shall We Go?
By Melissa Johnson
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Personally, I don’t fall into either category. I can’t claim to be an expert at anything. I can’t even say I’m an expert at what I’m most familiar with, which is being myself. I live with myself day after day and am deeply involved with every reaction, every decision, and every emotion. And yet, I’m no expert. I really don’t know what I’m doing. I have a home, a wonderful husband, and three beautiful daughters. There is a lot of responsibility on my shoulders to do my best to try to be everything I need to be. It can be overwhelming and I admit I need help.
We all need help. So who do we turn to?
On the surface it would appear that there are many experts we could turn to, but in reality there are only two. One is an expert at deceit. He’s so good at what he does that almost every choice we make could lead to following this clever deceiver. He has it set up so well that we could be following him by simply NOT making a choice. It’s easy to go down his path. It looks good. It feels good. But all of that is short lived. For this expert is a thief. According to John 10:10 “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” (NIV)
I may not be an expert, but I do know that isn’t what I want for myself or for my family.
So, the other choice? How about the One who came so we could “have life, and have it to the full”? (John 10:10, NIV). That sounds so much better! But following this expert isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be hard most of the time. At first it may not feel good or look good to follow His guidance, but ultimately it will be good and it won’t be short lived. God is an expert in all things, and we can go to Him for wisdom for everything in our lives. He even provided an instruction manual for us. Of course, the Bible isn’t necessarily as easy as “put tab b into slot a,” but it is worth the time, prayer and effort required to learn to recognize God’s voice.
Life is hard and we need help. There are two experts. To whom will you go?
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