“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Last week I bought a new car! It was not new, new, but simply new to me. It is only 5 years old, is my first SUV, and has lots of whistles and bells to keep me entertained. I was really excited to get it as you might imagine. It replaced a car rather badly smashed up in an accident at the car wash.
It was fascinating to enter this new car and take it for a test drive. I was easily able to figure out how to put the key into the ignition switch and rotate it to get the engine fired up. I knew what the pedals on the floor were used for, etc. So off we went down the street. I used the turn signals properly and we entered the highway for a little ride there.
Everything went very well. I was easily able to do a basic ride in the car without the need for instructions. Only later when I tried to use the sound system and navigational option did I get into trouble. I finally came to the place where I had to resort to the owner’s manual for the car to figure out how to operate the options the car had. The people who manufactured the car know best how to get the most out of it.
Isn’t it the same in life? We are able, with our parents’ help, to commence navigating our way in life and make a success of it. But then, as adults responsible for ourselves, we come across something in life that causes us to stop and look in confusion at the difficulty that has blocked our way.
We do not have any more idea about how to relate to the problems that have entered our lives than I had trying to decide what all the buttons meant on the dash of my new car. Where do we go from here? Nothing has prepared us for this issue and we are lost in a sea of confusion and discouragement.
Does it not make sense that we really need an instruction manual for life? After all there are so many roads to chart, so many dangers to navigate our way through. Then there is this event called death that puzzles us greatly. What does it all mean? How can we make sense of it?
This is where the Bible has such a clear and helpful story to tell us of how the world got started in the first place, why we are here, what went wrong, and how can things be fixed. So reading the Bible seems like the best thing to do before we go very far on the road of life. We need to figure out what resources are provided by a loving Creator to help His creatures manoeuvre through the problems of life.
Have you seriously consulted the Owner’s Manual for Life that God has provided for you to read? If not, I urge you to consider getting a copy and begin to understand what life is really about. You will get answers for many of your questions as well as help for the difficulties you encounter along the way. Our Creator has not left us to our own resources, He has given us the best possible help and it is all available through this book called the Bible which is a great flashlight to shine on a dark path.
Countless numbers of people through the centuries have taken the Bible as their manual for life and been blessed and helped by it. Why not start using it today? The book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, is a good place to learn about creation, why we are here, and what has gone wrong. The Gospel of John in the New Testament will let you in on what God has done to mend a broken world. Start reading this amazing manual of life today.