I like to read, and before the Kindle, iPad, Nook or whatever other type of tablet one might use, that meant I had a large number of books. Needless to say, I needed a place to store these books, so I set out to build a bookcase. No this wasn’t a go to the lumberyard and buy sheets of plywood, screws, paint or stain type project, but rather a go to Wal-Mart and buy a bookcase in a box. I got home with my new ‘furniture’ and proceeded to assemble my new bookshelf. I got the required phillips screwdriver and went to work. Now I’ll admit when I finished, well past the 15 minutes the box said it would take to assemble this bookcase, what I had didn’t look exactly like the picture on the box; but when’s the last time you went to McDonalds and got a Big Mac that looked like the one on the tv commercial?
Not only did my bookcase not look like the one on the box, but I had a pile of extra parts; screws, nails, a board and I’d put one end together upside down. I began to put my books on my new bookcase and the more books I put on the shelves, the more the whole thing leaned. I ended up putting books on the floor next to the bookcase to keep it from leaning and falling over. I shared my disappointment about my bookcase with a co-worker who asked if I’d followed the instructions that came in the box, which I hadn’t because seriously, how hard could it be to put together a bookcase? Well, apparently harder than it seems.
I’m sure I’m not the only person that has ignored directions, thinking, how hard can this be only to end up with a disaster on my hands. Whether its building a bookcase, putting together our children’s Christmas gifts, going on a trip, we’ve all ignored the directions provided. But why do we do that? And even more, why do we ignore the directions God has given us for living our life? As we discussed yesterday, the Bible centers around Jesus, pointing us to the Cross and our need of a Savior and it also points us to how we ought to live so we bring honor and glory to Him. Everything we need to know about living a Godly life is found within the pages of the Bible if only we’ll follow the instructions. So rather than going it alone and living a life that leans and needs to be propped up, spend time in God’s Word, apply the truths within it and we can live the life God designed us to live.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105