Reading the Instruction Manual of Life
Why is it is that we have a hard time reading the instruction manual for things? The other day, I was trying to complete a task at work eventually I succumbed to frustration after my trial and error approach to solving the problem failed. I had struggled for a long time never finding the solution. Doing a trial and error approach, I zoomed in on every manner of possible fixes running circles around myself. Finally giving into frustration and failure, I decided to read the instruction manual. Three minutes later I had the solution.
Why is it that our last resort is to read the instructions? If I had started with the instructions I would have saved myself lots of work pouring over the problem. I came to the end of myself, the end of my knowledge and gave up any hope of solving the problem. This made me finally stop trying and start relying on the author of this process. Once that happened, I had success!
Life is like this. We spin and toil through life, wondering why we haven't made progress. Why we haven't solved the problems in our families, finances, marriages and lives, never admitting to ourselves that the real solution is in the Word of God. Peter said, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” ( II Peter 1:3-4 ).
First, everything we need for life and godliness comes through the knowledge of God. How do we have knowledge of God? It comes through knowing and understanding His Word. Secondly, we have very great and precious promises in the Word; knowing what these are shows us how to participate in the divine nature, escaping the pitfalls and snares of this world. We do not have to struggle with the problems in our lives; the Word of God shows us how to overcome them.
David had the same observation and recorded this in the Psalm,
“Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
for they are ever with me.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.
I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path” ( Psalm 119:97-105 ).
David knew that the Law of the Lord, or His Word gave him insight, wisdom and protection. It became nourishment to his soul, illumination for his choices and a plumb line for his life’s decisions. David was called a man after God’s own heart. His success came from knowing and understanding God through His Word.
Today, I hope that you will take the first step into planting the seeds of life. Just meditate on your favorite verse asking the Lord to speak truth and understanding into your heart and I guarantee that this will illuminate your path today. He is faithful to His Word and watches it closely to see it come to pass ( Isaiah 55:11, Jeremiah 1:12 ).