I have said for many years, “What would I do without Google?” We live in a world now where we don’t have to sit around at a dinner table or at the park with friends and just ask questions like, “I wonder how this works?” or “Who wrote that song?” All we have to do is pick up our phone and ask Siri and we get an immediate answer. Honestly, I love it. No bickering between friends or spouses over the right answer because you can just Google it.
But, there are some flaws in that system. First of all, not everything you read on the internet is true. I know we’ve heard that statement again and again, but it’s amazing what people will share on social media as truth when just one quick search will show you it’s false information. The other flaw is that opinions start reigning as truth and we spout off someone’s opinion about a topic without researching other viewpoints.
As much as I love to know the right answer, I think I often jump to internet searches too soon. In James 1:5, the Bible tells us that “if you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” The all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving God tells us that if we have a question and need wisdom, all we have to do is ask. Instead of asking Siri, we can just call upon the name of Jesus.
Now, we may not find the answer to some silly questions about song artists or DIY projects, but when the tough stuff comes along and we need answers to some of life’s hard questions about relationships, money, people and so much more, God gives us complete freedom to ask and we never have to worry about His answer. Even more, He doesn’t rebuke us for asking.
Google never judges me for the questions I ask, but more times than I can count I have been criticized for asking questions because they were ‘stupid questions.’ There are no stupid questions with God. He loves us and He wants us to give us answers that will protect us and give us freedom.
A note of warning here, though: answers aren’t always as instantaneous as an internet search when it comes to asking God. He always answers, but the answers might not always look like you think or come when you want. Google may provide the instant answer, but the credibility can’t be for certain. God provides the right answer at the right time with 100% accuracy. So next time life’s hard questions come at you, make sure you ask our generous God for wisdom and He will give it to you.
Ryan Koltiska is the executive director of Sheridan KidsLife.