Sifting for wisdom in the age of “experts”

Do you sometimes feel like we live in a time that is saturated with “experts”?

There are food experts and weather experts and psychology experts and sports experts and economy experts. They share their wisdom on talk shows, books and blog posts.

I think a lot of that is great. We can really benefit from the research and insight of smart people.

But it can also be intimidating, especially when we want to know something about God or God’s will for our lives. We can wrongly assume that we can only get that insight from a spiritual or religious “expert”—someone who has had years of formal training.

Now is it true that teachers, authors and pastors have good wisdom to share? Of course they do. (Full disclosure: I’m a pastor!)

They’re a valuable part of the mix. But they’re not the only ingredient.

One of the best ways to know more about God or God’s will for your life, is to simply talk to a friend who is also trying to follow Jesus. As I read the Bible, and as I watch relationships unfold around me, what I notice time and time again is that God uses normal people to help other normal people in extraordinary ways.

This doesn’t mean your friend’s voice is the same as God’s voice. But humble godly friends can help you clarify some of your thinking about God.

Proverbs 12:15 (NLT) says, “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”

-There is something WISE about admitting you don’t have all the answers. 
-There is something WISE about the search. 
-There is something WISE about proactively listening to someone else on the path.

If you want to know more about God or God’s will for your life, be proactive. One of the things you can do is simply talk to a friend who is also trying to follow Jesus. Tell your story. Listen to theirs. Ask questions. Maybe share a laugh. And perhaps a cry. And pray.

God can use normal people to help other normal people in extraordinary ways. 

By Matthew Ruttan

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