God told me who to marry, where to work, which car to buy…and I’m pretty sure I’m not crazy. That’s the title of his book…and isn’t it great? I heard about this book while listening to my son Jonathan’s March 13 “GodTalks” program with Dr. Jim Samra (http://www.aqueductproject.org/godtalks?page=1). Dr. Samra got his BS degree from the U. Michigan in engineering and then worked for Texas Instruments in Dallas while earning a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Eventually Jim went on to obtain a PhD from Oxford University. This track record would give you the impression Jim’s neither crazy nor stupid. BUT, as I listened to his interview with Jonathan, I realized that here is a man who experiences guidance from God just the way I do, so I immediately ordered a copy of his book…since I have often been accused of being crazy and don’t have academic credentials to uniformly combat such allegations.At any rate, if you feel like God leads you very specifically and want reassurance that you’re not crazy, or if you would like God to lead you but feel like he doesn’t answer the telephone when you call, then please consider reading this book. (I just noticed there are 7 new copies left on Amazon for $5.58 [and less for used], or if you live in the GR area, I’d be happy to lend you my copy.) In a nutshell, what does Samra say? Hey, it’s just under 200 pages and a very engaging, quick read, so I truly hope you’ll take the time to soak it up, but one of my favorite take-aways is the point that God is our father…a good father. If you are an adult and have a good father, just think about him. Does your dad force you to obey him? Does he feel honored when you ask for advice? Do you think he tries his best to give good advice when you ask him? Then, how much more does our perfect, all-wise and all-loving Father desire us to come to him for help? I talk to God day and night…sort of have this running conversation with him, and I’d be utterly lost without the sense of peace that comes from feeling like God is providing grace and guidance in response to my earnest pleas for help. (Yes, I also search his Word, ask for counsel from wise friends, etc. too. It’s all covered in the book.) If you’re wishing for a best friend and someone wise enough to help you figure out life…why not try God? Honest, it won’t make you crazy!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).