Read the Instructions
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Have you ever known anyone who hated to read instructions? Or perhaps someone who would never, under any circumstances, ask for directions? Truthfully, I struggle with the former. I’m tempted to think I’m smart enough to not need instructions; I think I can figure it out myself. Sometimes that works, but most of the time it results in a lot of frustration on top of wasted time and effort.
There’s a saying (and even a song from the 90s) about how the Bible is the “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” That’s catchy, but in reality, Scripture is infinitely more than “basic instructions”. It’s God’s complete revelation to mankind. Within it are many university degrees-worth of knowledge… history, science, politics, law, management, ethics, psychology, philosophy, theology, leadership, and marriage and family relationships to name a few. But above all, it is how we get to know more about Christ.
Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matt 24:35), and in his second letter to Timothy, Paul wrote, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17 NASB)
The Bible instructs us how to love others, how to be good parents and spouses, how to lead and whom to follow, how to handle hard times, how the world came into existence and how it will end, and it is full of wisdom and discernment applicable to every moment of our lives. The Bible shows us Who God is, who we are, and guides us down the narrow path of salvation.
Nearly everything we are witnessing in our world today can be understood through the lens of Scripture (check out Romans 1 and 2 Timothy 3 – it explains what you’ll see on the news today). Life is hard enough as it is, and if we don’t take the time to read the God-given instructions we will certainly wander in frustration, fear, anxiety, and leave a string of poor choices in our wake.
My encouragement today is to set aside time every day for prayer and reading Scripture. Make Scripture and prayer a daily habit. It’s not always easy, but I urge you to do so as it will be life-changing! Check out apps like the YouVersion Bible which offer daily reading plans, ask a friend to partner with you in accountability, or simply set a reminder on your phone for the same time every day and stick to it. Your one-on-One time with the King of kings will prove to be the best time you have every day!