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Google or God?

The search engine Google is a vast, powerful resource.

But God is the source: The source of all wisdom and knowledge.

Guilty as charged I often ‘google’ key words relating to a problem I am facing in the hope that the internet will answer it for me. Many of them revolve around career decisions. I am such a planner. And a terrible one at that. I like to know where things are headed. But it has got to the point that it is no longer about faith. I am trying to see into the future (borderline obsessive), rather than trust God for the hear an occasional prayer for my next steps.

My internet history recently includes:

‘Theology courses’

‘Skills for journalists’

‘Why does God allow suffering?’

‘How to make decisions’

And the list goes on and on and on and on…

However, Google cannot replace God. It is a man-made resource. Helpful sometimes. Hindrance most times.

The internet is a massive distraction. It consumes a lot of my time. It portrays itself as an overflowing fountain of information.

Information overload. 

Where to look? Which information can be trusted? Who wrote the website? Is it reliable? How useful is it? When was it written? 

The internet often generates more questions and takes up more of our time than is really needed.

I am not downplaying its usefulness. It has transformed our daily lives. Not always for the better might I add. But it does have its good points like most things in life.

What I have noticed today is that I often turn to Google rather than God when I have to make a decision. It’s easier to type something into Google knowing that I am guaranteed to get millions of possible suggestions to help (or hinder) me.

The truth is: why would I go to the man-made resource (Google) when I can go to the direct source of all knowledge and wisdom (God)?

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:10

The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom. God’s Word is alive and active. Some of you may think that the bible is an older version of Google; centuries old wisdom written by men and compiled into the bible as a resource.

You would be sadly mistaken.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:15-17

God has been communicating with mankind since the beginning and continues to speak to us today. His Word is living & active today.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

It works in the lives of those who believe in Him & His Son Jesus Christ. Christ gave Himself for all people that whoever might believe in Him would have eternal life and a relationship with Him. We can approach Him with all of our concerns, worries, decisions, fears, hopes, dreams. He hears us.

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 1 John 5:14

I can have confidence knowing that I can come to God at all times. Rather than having a search engine full of competing authors with different opinions, I can listen to the Author of Life and Salvation, trust Him and know that true wisdom and knowledge are from Him. In Christ, we have all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).

The bible is full to the brim of wisdom.

As the old saying goes: ‘a word to the wise’.

As the bible says: ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.’ James 1:5

Put it together: A word to the wise – if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Going back to 1 John 5:14, if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. God has a plan and a purpose for our life. He gives us the freedom to make our own decisions and choices, but nothing is outside of His plan. He has a will for us. He has a plan. We are told that God’s will is ‘good, pleasing and perfect’ (Romans 12:2). With our limited understanding, we may not understand what God is doing, and it might be the complete opposite of what we would do given the chance to be Bruce Almighty.

But God, the source of all wisdom and knowledge, has a good, pleasing and perfect will for us.

So instead of turning to Google, turn to God. Go straight to the source, not the resource. This is a lesson I am slowly learning.