Playing God

By Linda Tancs

Playing God is a phrase often used to describe those acting as if they have unlimited power in a situation. The term is used in debates ranging in topics from euthanasia to cloning. In everyday life, we play God when we try to take our problems into our own hands and solve them rather than lean on God’s wisdom (James 1:5). Maybe you’ve entrusted Plan A to God but you’ve devised your own Plan B, just in case. Joy Davidman, wife of C.S. Lewis, once wrote, “Fear is playing God by trying to control the future.”

Are you attempting to control your future? In what way might you be playing God?

What Do I Know?

By Linda Tancs

Are you a know-it-all? How would others describe you? Being a know-it-all kind of person is easier than you may think. In fact, a psychology professor coined the term “Lake Wobegon Effect” to describe a human tendency to overestimate one’s attributes, like knowledge, talent and accomplishments. It’s a dangerous tendency, often leading to pride and arrogance.

The apostle Paul recognized the dangers of putting one’s faith in human wisdom. He even went so far as to tell the Corinthians that anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much (1 Corinthians 8:2). As for himself, he resolved not to know anything but Christ (1 Corinthians 2:2). Furthermore, Proverbs 28:26 tells us that anyone who leans on, trusts in and is confident of his own mind is a fool. Don’t rely on your own insight or understanding (Proverbs 3:5). The more you let God teach you, the more you’ll realize how much you still have to learn (Psalm 147:5).