God’s Instruction Manual

by Laura Courtney
One morning about five years ago, almost one year after my husband and I were married, I was making the bed. To set the scene, we were living in a very small “cabin” his parents owned that was quite cramped. As I was shuffling along the side of the bed squished between the mattress and a large dresser, I jammed my foot very roughly into something much harder than my delicate toe. I proceeded to make a loud grunting noise and angrily looked to see what on earth was so obnoxiously in my way.
It was my Bible. My big, hard-covered, “obnoxiously in my way” Bible.
Sometimes that might be how we look at it. A big book, full of lots of rules, that gets in the way. But in this “obnoxious book”, we read
“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)
Everything in the Bible is given to us. To teach us, correct us, and make us better people. So that we may be wise and ready for anything that may come. You’ve heard people say they wish there was a manual for life… it sounds to me like that is just what God gave us.
Dear God, thank you for your Word. For the hope, peace, comfort, and promises it contains. Help us to not see it as a hindrance or something that gets in our way, but to see it for what it is… your guiding answers for all our questions.

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