I discovered today that perhaps I have become dependent, or at least lazy. Don’t you love such realizations?
Because of my husband’s work, he constantly tracks the weather. And because He always knows the forecast, I rarely check the weather sources myself – I depend on his information. As I began to plan a trip to the beach for the coming weekend, I was surprised to learn that a hurricane was headed for the coast. My husband hadn’t mentioned the potential storm, even though he’d indicated that his schedule was clear and he was in favor of the trip. Once alerted to the potential danger, I began watching the predictions and travel patterns of the hurricane.
How often in life do we rely on others for information instead of seeking the source for ourselves? It’s a dangerous place to be especially in our relationship with God. For years, I attended church, listened to the preacher, heard people’s testimonies, and attended Sunday School, but I wasn’t studying the Bible myself or engaging in a personal relationship with God. I trusted that others were presenting the truth, but the reality was my knowledge and understanding of the Bible was limited. I simply knew a few verses and stories here and there.
We take huge risks when we depend on our favorite Bible teachers, leaders and even pastors for all of our spiritual nourishment and direction. We risk being stagnant. We risk being led astray. We risk always wanting to be fed instead of learning to feed ourselves. We risk becoming clones. And worst of all, we risk elevating those others to a place above God. Spiritual leaders are essential in our journey, but God must be the one we follow and our ultimate source of truth. Let’s not take so many risks, and instead study the Bible with eagerness and commitment. Let’s choose God as our utmost leader as we seek Him and His truth in all things.
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11