The Instruction Manual

The other day our 2.5 year old printer/fax machine seemed to be working quite well. However just as the machine hit its warranty expiration date, it seized up the opportunity and broke down just at the opportune time. With our immediate needs for a printer we dashed to the store and purchased a new one. Once the new printer was home I then proceeded to install the thing. I figured I would have it up and running in minutes…we’ll that was my hope anyway…but instead it took hours!! In fact many hours. Each time I tried to load the software there was problem after problem but there was no way I was going to read its massive instruction manual! Who reads those things anyhow? To me, there are few things in life that are more irritating than an instruction manual. Wouldn’t you agree?  

Although manuals are boring and seem like an endless amount of information , they can help us fix the problem at hand, if we just open them up and read them. But you see as frustrated as I might have become with my machine or as you might become with some technological item, there are things far more important that we need help with: our lives, the problems we face, the challenges we encounter, and the trials we endure. The bad news is that there is no man made manual strong enough to combat these issues.  The good news is that there is a life altering Instruction Manual that is far more exciting to read and has all the answers you’ll ever need in life, that is the Bible. The question is however, who’s manual are you going to put your trust in? Mans or Gods?  

So, what happens when we put our trust in men, who are, created free willed beings that are full of sin? Well according to Jeremiah 17:5-6, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.” So in other words we are cursed and can feel as if we are in a wasteland where nothing lives. We have feelings of insecurity, loneliness, fear, anxiety, and depression. None of that sound appealing in my book!

What if we put our trust in God? How is that different? Jeremiah continues on in verses 7-8 saying, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  So in other words we are blessed, confident, fearless, hopeful and feel as if we will never run dry! This what I want! To put my hope in Him on a daily basis.

You see God, He who made the heavens and the earth with his outstretched arms, wants to communicate with us and wants a relationship with you and I. I mean, think of it this way, is there any earthly king who desires to have that kind of personal relationship with his servants? Or better yet, is there any earthly king who would give up his life for you a servant? I think not! Yet the creator of the entire universe, the very God who created the presidents and leaders of this world, wants and desires a relationship with you, the servant. Oh how special that is!! The only thing is that we the servant don’t always care to spend the time reading the instruction manual he has written for us and there are times that we tend to push Him off as if he plays second fiddle in our lives… at least I am guilty of doing both of these at times.  

We serve a God who is a God of love and who cares about us very much.  He cared so much that he has written a Love Manual (the Bible) to his people which is far more interesting and life altering than any earthly manual and we must not be afraid to open it up and read. Trust in God and the Words that he has given you. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Psalm 7:1, “Lord my God, in You I put my trust”  

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