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When Alexa isn't helpful


Like many, I’ve been trying to bake more while spending more around the house. More than once, I’ve shouted out to “Alexa” to help me convert cups to tablespoons. While convenient, it also helps me realize how often I ask questions and go to a tech source for answers. Don’t you love using YouTube as a training source for all of your DIY projects? It’s amazing!

What I am humbled to see is how the speed of which I rely on technology for answers eclipses the speed in which I turn to God for life answers. In questions of life, we tend to rely on ourselves and keep our questions inside. We are living in a season that certainly springs up significant questions and ones that we should not keep inside. The challenge is not whether or not we have questions, but more so where do we turn for answers. 

John 21:1-19 describes a season in the life of Peter where he felt guilty for rejecting Jesus, lonely without a leader, and hopeless without a sense of direction. Interestingly we find him regressing back to his old way of life. He instinctively went fishing again and took others with him. 

We do this as well. Stress and anxiety can cause one to start smoking again or old habits to creep back into our life. The hope is that like Peter, Jesus is with us and preparing our next. Look back at John 21 and notice what Jesus is doing. He is one step ahead of Peter and guiding Him back in right relationship.

You can trust the presence of God regardless of your past. You can trust the peace and forgiveness of God regardless of your sin. You can trust the purpose from God no matter your now because He desires to use your now to lead you into your next.

Rather than looking at your current circumstances and swirling in questions of doubt, consider a deeper question. How is God going to use yours now for your good and His glory? How can He use your situation to teach you more about Him and more about yourself? How can you grow in the moment?

Alexa can’t help you with these questions, but I assure you the King of Glory will.


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