Over the summer, the operating system on my computer updated from Windows 8 to Windows 10. The glorious upgrade, however, left my computer unable to connect to my printer!
Several websites and videos promised “5 easy steps” to repair the problem. Each website had different ideas about the problem and different ways to fix the problem. None of the fixes were as “easy” as suggested and none of the remedies worked.
Several weeks later I received an email from the printer manufacturer. I needed to update the printer driver by clicking their link. One simple step, three minutes to wait, and the problem was solved. Frustration gone!
Part of our fallen nature seeks out simple steps to self-help. It’s true with computers, alcohol addiction, putting snow chains on your tires, or baking a cake. The simple-step process has even made its way into the church with books about 3 steps to success or 3 steps to having your prayers answered. God’s universe doesn’t work by a few simple steps; if it did, the Bible would be really, really, really short.
A man may work hard all of his life and still never have more than he needs for the day. A woman may give of all she has, and still be a poor widow. A young man may eat healthy and exercise and still die before adulthood. Time and the will of God are two elements of life that simple steps can’t include.
God isn’t a machine working at our beck and call. He is a sovereign king who works all things according to His will and His time. Rather than fawn over 5 legalistic steps to everything, we must wait upon Him and the pleasure of His good will.
The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. For man does not know his time ... (Ecclesiastes 9:11, 12).