Something special happens in Kansas in April… it rains – buckets! I love the rain, but could easily live without the severe weather alerts. What if I knew there was a big green cloud coming toward my house and it was definitely going to hail. Would it make sense to get my car out of the garage and drive somewhere? Um… no! That would probably be the dumbest thing I could do, wouldn’t it? If you see a big green cloud on the horizon – you leave the car in the garage and ride the storm out – hail and all.
How many people read this portion of Scripture without taking God’s words to heart, following His commands, or even trying to take steps to live the abundant life God wants them to live? They back the car out and drive straight toward the big green hail cloud. Seriously? I shake my head in disbelief when I hear them ask why things aren’t working out. Common horse sense is not a flower that grows in everyone’s garden. God wants us to have sound judgment in life, based on His principles.
When I was a kid and for whatever reason made a mistake more than one time, my dad used to say, “Buy ya books, and buy ya books…” In other words – I didn’t learn the first time – or the second time – and he hopes that I’ll read the instructions or the directions before I mess up yet again. God wants us to read the instructions – the basic instructions before leaving earth… the B.I.B.L.E.
I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say that there’s no instruction manual on how to live life. What do people think the Bible is? What do they think it was written for – or who it was written for? Our loving Heavenly Father gave us an outline – a guide – a map to follow. Yes, the path is narrow, but we have the best Guide ever! God left us His Holy Spirit when Jesus ascended into Heaven – He didn’t just leave us to muddle our way through life.
I also hear people say there is not an instruction manual for parents – well… again, I’d say God’s Word is helpful in parenting. There’s not a part of life that the Bible will not help us navigate successfully. We have to want God’s help and guidance though – God did not make robots, but human beings with free will. It must be our choice to seek His will for our lives.
When you walk through puddles while it’s raining, will you put rain gear on – or just get your street clothes soaking wet? Inviting God’s Holy Spirit to help us is like adding protection to your life so it won’t get wet and fall apart. He can renew and restore faith and is more than willing to hear every prayer we whisper – long ones, short ones – and those two-syllable prayers that go something like this: HELP ME! We’ve all said that one.
We read our Father’s basic instructions before leaving earth… and we know He has a wonderful plan for us if we will trust Him with our lives. Commit God’s Word to memory so that you know it and don’t forget it or turn away from it. 🙂