“Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.” – J. I. Packer
One of the things I hate most in life is putting together furniture. My husband and I have done it numerous times and our marriage is still intact. That says a lot for the power of the Holy Spirit.
I don’t like to remember the times we had to take something apart and reassemble it because the part A that was supposed to attach to part D somehow got attached to part C.
Part of the problem is the directions. Some just give you pictures and others detailed instructions that seem like they were originally written in a language other than English and then poorly translated. It gets really bad when my husband jumps ahead and tries to put something together while completing ignoring the directions.
J. I. Parker is saying God gave us instructions for living and we ignore them at our peril.
God says his instructions are breathed out by himself and are “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Everything we need to know to live abundantly God has already told us.
Now here’s the crazy part, his directions are alive and read us and change us.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
Oh, if only these directions for putting together my desk were alive and would build it for me and make it better than when I dragged it out of the box.
Of course they can’t, but the word of God can make me better. God’s goal is to make me like Jesus and he uses his word to do it.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers (Romans 8:29).
His word always does what God wants it to do.
“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,
11 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 55:10-11).
It’s a sure thing. When you or I speak the word or write the word that God breathed out it does what he wants it to do. It’s a sure thing.
So, speak and write. God has given us his instructions. Use them liberally.
You are loved!