Have you ever tried to use some new technology – perhaps a new phone, or a new app, or a car – and been really stumped? You try to figure it out yourself and end up becoming really frustrated. The obvious solution of course is to go to the user’s manual which has step by step instructions on how to get the most out of your product and yet there’s something in us humans that really tends to reject instructions – even if they are clearly designed to help us.
In John 1 we read that God is the Creator of all things. Last I checked, all things includes all things. That means He made me! Are you made? Then you’re made by Him. He is the Creator. He is our Creator. Letting that perspective really sink in is humbling. There is no such thing as a “self-made man”. God is our Creator. He made us and so it’s actually ludicrous that we try to walk out life without seeking instruction from the One who made us.
The only way we can be successful in this life is by knowing His daily will for our lives and choosing it as our primary source of wisdom and direction. The only way to know His will is by intimately knowing Him. Waiting for God is looking to God for consultation, relying on God before any human aid is pursued, expecting every answer and insight from God first, going to Him before trying to work it out on our own.
So, what is another way we can receive that kind of direction? How else do we get to know the heart of the One who made us? By learning about Jesus. Hebrews says that Jesus is the perfect image of the expression of God. If you want to gain an understanding of your Creator, look to Jesus. You can’t understand God or His will without understanding Jesus.
Finally, by spending quality time in His word we wait for the Lord. Joshua 1:8 says that by spending time meditating on the word of God, we gain understanding and success. This stands to reason seeing as John 1 says that Jesus is the word.
Once we know something of the truth of God, who He is and what He calls us to, it’s on us to either believe it, receive it and live it out, or to operate in self-effort seeking satisfaction in the empty offering of our flesh. We choose whether we will blindly try figure out life for ourselves, or whether we’ll go to the user’s manual and the Creator Himself.
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:3
John 1:1 – 13