WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, Read The Directions – Part Two…

2 Timothy 2:15 – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”  NASB

Yesterday we discussed the first instruction in ‘reading the directions’ and the benefits of that action.  It was “Seek First The Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.”  I suggest that the next revelation in ‘Reading the Directions’ is we Discover How We Are To Fit Into God’s Plans.

Directions are worthless unless read and followed.  It has been a strategy of the enemy of our souls to insist that the Bible is so complicated that only the select of the elect can understand it.  If you cannot understand it, why bother investing your time and energy into reading it?   In Isaiah 35:8 we read, “And a highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for him who walks that way, and fools will not wander on it.”  God has a plan and has given us a road map to spiritual victory, we err in failing to utilize it.

It is easy to tell someone else how to run their life. The Bible gives directions for all.  I am reminded of a story I heard years ago.  A boy was walking in the woods and saw a man with a gun.  The boy asked the man what he was hunting, and he said bears.  The little boy said, “If I was a big as you, I’d hunt bears with my bare hands.”  The man smiled and said, “Son, there are a lot of little bears out here too!”  God’s word deals with the big and the small in life.  Maybe you cannot kill a big bear, but you can find one your size and handle him if you read the directions.

In life, the small things are not unimportant and cumulatively they have a major impact on both the quality and quantity of life.  If you see an automobile driving down the road you see the exterior and the eye appeal but all of that would be worthless without the internal parts that make it function.  Paul said that even the little parts of the body are important and necessary (1 Corinthians 12:22).

I have met people who, because they are not the lead or have a major role in something, they do nothing.  They want the glory, the recognition, the prestige rather than helping the objective become a reality.

Additionally, reading God’s Directions informs us How We Can Be Spiritually Healthy.  That is not an insignificant blessing and benefit.  A person can eat nothing but healthy nourishing food but if he sits idle and does not move or exercise, he will wither away.  The saying, “Use it or lose it” is a truth that is unavoidable in many areas of life.

The Bible tells us in Psalms 55:17 to take one spoonful of Communion with God before each meal.  If you question that let me quote it, “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”  Sounds a lot like what I suggested doesn’t it?  We are to take a tablespoonful at bedtime in Ephesians 4:26-27,” Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.” 

Many people would not dream of going to bed without a shower, a bath, or brushing their teeth but think nothing of going to bed with a soiled conscience and bruised relations.  The Bible teaches us to be cautious because many things are habit-forming.  For example, if you allow yourself to engage in telling little white lies or distorting the truth in a minuscule manner or tasting the morsels of gossip you will find that it becomes easier to expand them and even enjoy them.

When all else fails ‘read the directions.’  In 1 Thessalonians 5:22, the directions warn us to “shun the very appearance of evil.”  The enemy will try to convince us that this or that is not harmful, but the Bible warns in Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death…”

A few years ago, many were rocked by the news that a father had put poison in some Halloween candy and gave it to his son.  People asked, “How could a father do such a thing?”  As I lamented over the depth of that depravity in any human being, the thought came to mind, “Millions are doing the same thing spiritually.  There are fathers and mothers who are murdering their children spiritually by listening to and believing the lies of the devil and not guiding their children in a life of godliness.”  The Bible tells us to ‘train the children.’  Train them in the way they should go and when they are advanced in years that will come back to them and help keep them on the right track. 

If your life is in shambles or if you experience overwhelming difficulty in life, let me encourage you to “Go to the Direction Manual and Read it!”  God has Promised to hear all who call and never leave or forsake us. 

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

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