And you shall write them (Gods Laws) on the posts of your house, and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:9 KJV)
Trying to live life without instruction, is like trying to defuse a bomb without being taught how. Things can blow up on us very quickly, without notice. We often hear the true acronym for the b-i-b-l-e, that it is our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Yet God’s word is also our guide for how to live while we are on the earth. And it goes far beyond the basics, offering spiritual wisdom that exceeds that of any earthly institution of learning.
During my senior year of high school I posted this scripture on the wall above my cubicle. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1: 7) At the time, I didn’t realize how keeping God’s word and His laws before my eyes would serve to bless me throughout life. God has used the portions of the Bible that I’d familiarized myself with; to rebuke and discipline me, to encourage and strengthen, to direct and lead, and to teach me. At just the right moment, the Spirit brings those truths to mind.
After fifty years of trial and error, I’ve learned the importance of Bible study; taking time every day to read and meditate on His words to us. I haven’t always been faithful to this commitment. The times I’ve been lax in doing so, caused me to weaken, becoming more susceptible to temptation, or to make bad decisions. Yet the direction and hope and wisdom I find in the holy word of God has rendered life’s greatest blessings. I’ve learned the crucial value of God’s instruction. And that living without my maker’s instruction is foolhardy.
Mankind was created to have close fellowship with their loving God. And I have found no greater joy, than to fulfill that purpose. When you step into a comfortable pair of shoes that have been crafted specifically for your feet, you know that those shoes were meant for you. They’re a perfect fit. That’s how it feels to be in God’s mighty hands, because He made you and me for Himself. We are “at home” with God.
Some have described the bible as a map that directs us home to Him. The kingdom of heaven is a far greater treasure than any king has ever possessed, and God has given us the treasure map. Being in His presence is our superlative treasure. Yet, our Heavenly Father treasures you and me beyond all things. He even gave up His own Son to a cruel death, so that He could be with us forever.
Father, I don’t know what you see in me that makes you love me so much. But I praise you for that awesome love. Thank you for your word, which guides us home to you, amen.
Sheldon K Bass