One of the things that really frustrates me, and actually, makes me really uncomfortable is someone giving me advice about my driving, when I am driving. Things like: watch out, or there was a space back there, or you are miles away from the pavement, or you are going too slow, for example.
Effectively what they are implying when they are saying that is I am not a good driver. Hearing those pieces of advice affect my pride and my ego, because I am, automatically putting my guard up and thinking: I am a good driver.
Have you ever stopped to think about the way we approach our God when we pray? Are we telling Him what to do? Suggesting, perhaps that He missed something, or is not doing what we asked Him to? How are we approaching our relationship with our Lord? Are we complaining day in and day out about our circumstances? Are pointing out to Him that we are not content with His decisions? Are we behaving like stroppy kids and saying to God: I will not play this game of being a Christian anymore and won’t go to church anymore, because we are not getting our way?
The truth is, God does not need our advice! He does not need us to tell Him how He should direct our lives. How illogical is that anyway? We mere humans, limited, sinful, mortal pretending we know better!
The Bible tells us:
8 ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.9 ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[i] knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor?’[j] 35 ‘Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?’[k] 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36
The best thing we can do is take the back seat. Normally it is the passenger right next to the driver that gives advice about the driving. However seats in the back seat normally relaxes and trusts the driver to do his job! We must be in the back seat and trust that our Great God knows what is best for us. So, all we have to do is enjoy the ride until we get to our final destination: eternal life in heaven with HIM!