October 18, 2017

Our Manual for Living

Aren’t you thankful that we have our very own manual that tells us how to live? We have an book to instruct us and guide us in every situation of our lives. It gives us advice and provides wisdom and understanding. It tells us the outcome of various situations – and warns or admonishes us accordingly. It plainly tells us how to succeed, not only in this life, but in our eternal lives.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Of course, I’m speaking of the Bible. It is the very Word of God. And yes, it tells us how to live. I was reading an article the other day that gave advice on “how to succeed.” Some of the things listed included figuring out your purpose in life, and staying focused on that purpose in every decision. And as I read, the thought stuck in my head that we as Christians already know our purpose. We don’t need to spend hundreds of hours in thought and frustration trying to figure out just why we are here on earth. We have it clearly stated for us in the Scriptures – we are here to glorify God. And, while we need to stay focused on that purpose, it’s not just some guessing game that we face every day when we wake up. We have the Scripture! It provides clear instruction how to live in such a way that we will glorify God. It plainly states what pleases Him and what displeases Him. It outlines the steps to a successful life – not successful in the world’s eyes, perhaps, but successful in God’s eyes and glorifying to Him. Which is, after all, our purpose. It tells us how to live.

How blessed and fortunate we are to have the words of God recorded for us, and to know that those words will never pass away. They will never become outdated or irrelevant. They will always have application to us – to YOU and to ME – whether it be today, or twenty or fifty years from now, or five or ten generations from now. It will not diminish in power or timeliness.

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever (1 Peter 1:24-25).

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:10-12).