OK! So I admit it. I stop and get directions on a trip only when I am completely and hopelessly lost. And yes I put things together without the instructions and have parts left over. I am a man, that is what we do.
When it comes to life, most people read the instructions or seek directions after the fact. But a loving heavenly Father wants to guide you to get the most out of life. The psalmist writes, “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.” (Ps. 119:105). I want to suggest to you that you begin your day with instructions and directions from God.
Unlike any other book, the Bible is not just some words written down about God. It is not a book of men’s words about God. It is God’s revelation of Himself to man, and it gives directions to life. It is much like a “driver’s manual” to your automobile. In the glove compartment of your vehicle is a driver’s manual that was placed there by the manufacturer. It gives you instrucitons on how to care for your vehicle. It was not placed there to cramp your style, but to give you the most mileage and use and enjoyment out of the vehicle.
God’s Word is not written to “cramp our style” but to help us get the most out of our lives. It has been given to us by the One who designed and created us. It has been given to us in order to lead us to full and meaningful lives. When God says, “Don’t do something”, it is because He knows that doing that will harm us in the long run. When He tells us to do something, it is again for our own good.
Develop the habit of sitting down everyday and reading the instruction book. Spend time in the Word of God and get directions for your life. No need to wait until you are hopelessly lost, because you are already there. God wants to light your path. He has provided a lamp on your way.
Find a Quiet Place today, and let God speak to your heart through His Word. If you have never read the Bible, begin with the Gospel of Luke, or John. Go from there to Genesis. I love to read from Psalms everyday as well. I take the date, and then add thirty. So, for example, today is the 29th. So I read Psalm 29,59,89, 119, and 149. That way I read through the Psalms once a month. I also read from Genesis. May God bless you as you spend time with Him.