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Purposeful Instruction

A few months ago, I purchased a new GPS system.  For a hundred dollars, I could buy a device that would tell me exactly where I was and exactly where I need to go.  I punch in the desired destination and the device will tell me exactly what steps to take to get there.


I felt pretty good about the purchase until I found out that more current technology provides real-time streaming traffic updates, voice recognition technology (allows you to control menus with sound of your voice), calling and texting, not to mention finding phonebook contacts and text messages that are read aloud—all without lifting a finger.  Although mine did not have all that, it is still an amazing piece of equipment.  Knowing the plan and staying on course is pretty easy when you have a device like that.


Wouldn’t it be great if you had one of those for life?   You punched in where you are now, your desired eternal destination (let’s assume for sake of argument that that would be heaven) and then the computer takes over.  It tells you step-by-step what to do: time to wake up; time to go to your chair and have your devotions from the Gospel of Matthew this morning; here is your prayer list; greet your spouse with a big kiss; your teenager got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning—navigate carefully.


Can you imagine if you had one of those while trying to solve a problem?  Beware of the issues of your heart; you are becoming bitter—here are three steps to correct that issue.  Your friend is becoming disheartened—it is time to say something encouraging.  Here’s the specific solution—arriving at your destination.  Wouldn’t that make personal problem solving a whole lot easier?


There is certainly a sense in which God’s Word seeks to function in that way.  The Psalmist said: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).


Although it is true that the Bible does not come with a computer chip, it does come with the promise of the Holy Spirit of God.  He promises to stand ready to help God’s people know and do His will, but that requires us to stay on focus and receive purposeful instruction—purposeful instruction from His book.  So, how are you doing receiving instruction?  Can I encourage you today to read your bible?  If you are wondering where to start, I would suggest the gospel of John in the New Testament.

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