"Please Read Instructions Before Use"

Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.

Psalms 86:11 NLT

Am I the only one who never reads instructions on something that carries a manual clearly stating, "Please read instructions before use"? There is always something in me that either doesn't have the patience to read through an entire manual first because of the excitement of buying something new or, I become overconfident in my innate ability to explore and discover. Maybe it's both. Either way, I know for a fact that I never get to fully experience what I bought. I know this because I am not the creator of that thing. Nevertheless, with this knowledge there is still something in me that causes me to act as if I know as much as the manufacturer of the item if not more. I realize that I can be like this with God. I want to tell Him how my life should go. I go a step farther to plan for what I think I need using the little knowledge I have of this world. It's like explaining Microsoft to Bill Gates. Funny, right? But this is what we do when we choose to live by our own understanding. God created the universe in its entirety therefore making it safe to say that He holds the manual to our lives. This manual is His very Word. Many times we may come to ask, "What is God's will for my life?" We miss the fact that He has already revealed it to us through His Word. We ask an already answered question. The psalmist here knew the results of allowing God to teach him His Word: we live in His truth, we are purified and we honor God. This is the perfect recipe to living in the perfect Will of God. Friends, if you don't know God's Word, you do not know God. Let us understand that knowing God's Word is not just memorizing a verse. It is allowing God to teach us, to show us how to go about life. It is giving Him sole ownership over everything about us. This includes but is not limited to your core values, principles, character and perception. These are some of the most important facets of your life and if they are not submitted to God then you will be just like me trying to use something without its manual. You will not fully experience life. God's grace is sufficient for all of us but can you imagine living a life that is fully prescribed and authored by its Creator? You become limitless as you walk in reverence and honor of God. A match literally made in heaven!

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