Activated - - NEWS - By Keith Phillips Keith Phillips was Ac­ti­vated’s ed­i­tor-in-chief for 14 years from 1999 to 2013. He and his wife Caryn now work with the home­less in the USA.

Some years ago, af­ter a series of mis­takes left me ex­as­per­ated and dis­cour­aged, I pleaded with God to turn me into a robot, pro­grammed to al­ways do what He knew was best. You know that deep down I want noth­ing more than to do what’s right, but my wrong de­ci­sions and hare­brained ideas keep get­ting in the way! Can’t You re­pro­gram me to al­ways make the right choice and do the right thing? Think how much bet­ter off Your world would be!

That’s re­ally not the solution, He replied. Not only would that take the chal­lenge out of your life, but it would put a damper on our re­la­tion­ship. Be­cause you would no longer need to come to Me for guid­ance, you would stop re­ly­ing on Me. You would stop ap­pre­ci­at­ing Me, and be­fore long you would stop lov­ing Me. No, I think we’d bet­ter leave you the way I made you—but I’ll tell you what I will do. In­stead of programmin­g you with all the an­swers all at once, I will give them to you one by one, when­ever you bring a mat­ter to Me in prayer.

It wasn’t re­ally a new of­fer at all, of course, and it wasn’t ex­clu­sively for me. He makes the same of­fer to you, summed up in these verses from the Bi­ble: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own un­der­stand­ing; in all your ways ac­knowl­edge Him, and He shall di­rect your paths.”

1 The ar­range­ment isn’t per­fect, be­cause it in­volves im­per­fect peo­ple like you and me—it de­pends on us re­mem­ber­ing to stop and ask Him for guid­ance and then hav­ing the faith, yield­ed­ness, hu­mil­ity, and what­ever else it may take to follow through and do what He shows us— but I’m sure you’ll find, as I have, that it beats try­ing to fig­ure things out your­self!

1. Proverbs 3:5–6

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