The Purpose for Instructions
“Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 35:12-13)
Today’s Morsel: With most of the things that we purchase, such as appliances or things that require us to assemble them, there is usually a set of instructions inside the box. The company wants us to know how the appliance works and how to use them. And often we find in those instructions a section called safety or warnings. If we fail to obey or heed them, we could cause harm to ourselves as well as to others. Solomon states, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” (Proverbs 9:9) and Paul admonishes us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) The Lord told the Prophet Jeremiah to go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, "Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words?" God wanted them to know that they were not obeying His word and that there would be consequences. Man can’t save us, nor deliver us, nor heal us, nor pull us out of sin. Only God can do these things. But it requires obedience to His instructions for us. The table or chair put together without following the instructions in the box, 99% of the time does not look like the picture on the box. The same holds true for the person who says that they are born-again who does not obey the Bible. Their actions and conduct will not look like what a true Christian is supposed to look like and be. The purpose of instructions is to ensure things turn out correct. Are you following the Instructions? The Bible. Bible means Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. And a person's life will never turn out right if it is not followed.
Sing: Aren’t you getting just a bit tired of fooling around? You try to laugh your way through life, but you are not gaining ground. Why not try the Lord today, just ask Him in your heart to stay; and you’ll find Jesus love to be the greatest gift that you've ever found.
Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let me go. Jesus got into my heart, He got into my soul. I use to be oh so sad, but now I’m happy, free, and glad, because Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let me go.
Thought For Today: You can learn a lot from a dummy. So, buckle up!