“He [God] made them [the Israelites] a gift of the country they entered, … so they could do everything he told them— could follow his instructions to the letter. Hallelujah! Psalm 106:43,44
I purchased two plastic tube shelving units for my new storage room. I slit open the plastic wrap, and a bunch of small pieces tumbled out. “This is simple enough a kid could do it.” So, I began, but the project went bad. Nothing fits. Guess I needed to read the instructions.
I don’t like to read instructions–not even the ones with a blow-by-blow illustrations. I’d rather just get it done. Sometimes I find myself pretending to know more than I do. But when my attempt fails, I backtrack and read the directions. I have patience for most everything but putting something together. That’s because I’ve never had to use that part of my brain. One more thing I have to get used to as a single person, as I can’t always call someone for help.
I find myself doing the same thing in my faith life. I skip the instructions and try to do life my way. Then I find myself going back and reconstructing a mess I’ve made either with a flippant tongue or the lack of compassion. God’s giant instruction book, the Bible, has all I need to put my life in order. But it helps to read it before you need it.
Lord, help me on my path to faithfulness through reading your Word. Amen.