The Bible doesn’t tell us what to do in every situation, practically speaking. It’s not a handbook for troubleshooting all of life’s dilemmas, like: how do I consider the opposing wishes of twins on their birthday? How do I kindly ask someone to stop giving me excessive gifts? How do I vote? How do I reason with an unreasonable neighbor? How do I juggle a job, aging parents, an infirm dog, and plumbing problems all at the same time?
Knowing how to act wisely amidst daily emotions, noise and confusing options requires a counselor. Someone who knows everything about me, all the factors involved, and who wants what’s best equally for all people. So basically . . . God.
Knowing what to do means continuously consulting God, but not like we’d consult a magic eight ball or a vending machine or even Siri. Rather, this continuous consultation is more like a blind man feeling the ground around himself every few seconds to make sure he’s still walking on a trustworthy path. Or like a girlfriend who keeps asking her beau, “Do you still like me?” Or a homeowner who keeps turning on and off the microwave to be sure he hasn’t been taken off the power grid. Or a citizen who constantly checks the voting results to be sure his side really won.
Ongoing consultation with God means re-remembering and re-trusting what he has said he has done, is doing, and will do every moment everyday. He will give us the power to act, the relief to know He has everything under control, the confidence to know our goodness isn’t up to us. He knows our needs. He loves, accepts and understands us like no one else. He can walk with us through the dark times, stabilize us during uncertainty, and provide the wisdom to discern a course of action and take it!
This is an entirely different way of operating. This isn't the normal self-reliant, self-loathing, self-dominating, self-trusting, self-doubting, self-preserving, self-asserting way of living. This way is like switching from manual to auto-pilot, like evolving from an animal to a human, like setting up an entirely new form of government, like getting a heart transplant, like changing the command center from me to him. This is what the Bible means when it says we are a new creation.
The old way of figuring out life is not needed anymore.