There are several stages in self-automation. First there is my favourite. I am in control. The care (mostly) does what I tell it to do! However, I’ve already given over some control without thinking about it; like cruise control. Technically, in cruise control mode, the car is in charge.
Some newer vehicles still need a real person, but others let that mechanical beast brake and even steer a bit. No matter. The driver still has some function.
We are coming to a time when the driver just points out a direction and the car decides how to get there. I confess, I am not there! I do not care to let a machine dictate my safety.
But that so describes our relationship with God. First, we don’t trust him at all. Then we gingerly offer him the cruise control in some situations. Little by little we listen when he wants to apply the brakes or even steer in a different direction.
Eventually, if we are wise, we handle all the controls over to God and let him drive us where he wants us to go. Perhaps we aren’t at that level of trust yet, but at the very least, our basic driving skills should steer us clear of all evil.
Meanwhile, God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: God knows who belongs to him. steer clear of evil, all you who name God as God.(2 Timothy 2:19, MSG)