THE WORD FOR TODAY
50 Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho, saying, 51 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 then you shall…)
Instruction manuals…don’t you just hate them. I know most men reading this have purchased something that requires assembly. You looked at it…didn’t think about it…and said, “I don’t need the manual I can put that together in no time.” Then four hours later when we take a break…we hear some noise…and it’s our wife…with the instructions…and the item is together. Now as I like to say, “That ain’t right!”
God was giving Israel some very clear instructions about taking over the Promised Land. This instruction covered everything from war, to inhabitants and to idolatry. All they had to do was follow God’s very clear instruction and they would be successful and prosperous in their conquest of the land…because God would be on their side.
God gives us instruction through His word. Someone once said that Bible actually stands for: Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. I like that!
We have all the WORD we need to learn how to live in relationship with God and with each other. We have wonderful role models of failure and success, rejection and repentance and much more. But the tendency is to listen to the Dr. Phil’s and Oprah’s of our world rather than the Spirit of God through the pages of scripture. I remember leading a church through “40 Days of Purpose” by Rick Warren. One person criticized the endeavor with these words, “We should get ALL our instruction from the Bible.” And you know what I have discovered since then…she was absolutely correct. Some of us will read the latest and greatest author of a self help book before we read the WORDS OF LIFE given to us by the Father who loves.
From now to the end of my life my goal is to read the Bible…Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth…5 times more than I read any of my favorite authors. I pray that the next time someone asks me what book I am reading, I will be able to say, “The Book of Numbers.”
Lord, thank YOU for the gift of Your Word…In Jesus Name…Amen!!!