God's Manual

Saturday, May 3, 2014
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Psalm 1:2-3 – But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (NKJV)

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NKJV)

A man carries a heavy box into his garage, places it on the floor, and begins to assemble the lawnmower contained inside. His wife comes to watch.

"Honey, you seem to be having some trouble," his wife observes.

"No, I'm doing okay, dear. I've put things like this together before."

"But there appear to be some parts left over. Don't you think you should read the instruction manual? It says here that the mower should be put together according these diagrams, or the warranty will not be honoured, and it could even be dangerous," urges his wife.

"Well, all right. Oh! I see where I went wrong," the husband exclaims. The man proceeds with his wife guiding him through the instructions, fills the mower with oil and gas, and away he goes.

Have you ever gone through an assembling exercise and felt rather foolish for not first beginning with the written instructions? This can be equated with living one's life without guidance from the One who created us. Manuals are prepared for equipment, so that their parts can be assembled properly and the items repaired if needed.

God offers us a better way to assemble our lives and to repair any damage, rather than the flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach of the world. We have His manual, the Bible, as well as Christian leaders and our own individual prayers to the Lord to get us through this challenging life. Let's remember to check our operator's manual — the Bible.

Prayer: Lord, help us not to go astray from living our lives by Your holy Word. May we honour the Bible-supported counsel of our Christian leaders in our life's journey. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Allan Smith <agwsmith6@gmail.com>
Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good words Allan.

    The note is well stated, and “if” followed will produce very good results. Praise be to the God of all creation, and His beloved Son Jesus.

    Dear Allan Smith,
    Thank you for the very comprehensive devotional with its truth (and its mite of good humor) and for its message for all of us to use the Manual of Life, the Word of God.
    Keep writing.

    Well said Al. If we would read the instructions first we would save ourselves so much grief.

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