June 22, 2012 - Ultimate Owner’s Manual
By Greg Ebie
Owner’s manuals come in all shapes and sizes for everything from automobiles and appliances to zippers and Zenith electronics. Some owner’s manuals have four or even more languages of instruction. The purpose of the owner’s manual is to simply explain the proper use and required maintenance needed for the things we buy.
But how many of you are like I have been through the years? For lots of things, I’m convinced I know as much or even more than those who built my new gadget. Who has time to read the owner’s manual anyway? As a result, I’ve been frustrated at times that things won’t work like I want them to. At other times I’ve been forced to open the manual and realize I missed something completely obvious. I realize I really do need the owner’s manual even for the simplest things. Wisdom does come with age!
Still how many of us choose to go through life without taking time to read the ultimate Owner’s Manual? God is our creator; He designed us; He knows us inside and out. More importantly God loves us. Doesn’t it make sense that we should take the time to find out what He has told us about the right way and the wrong way to live?
“Ignore the Word and suffer; honor God's commands and grow rich” (Proverbs 13:13, The Message).
The Bible is not just another book or collection of ancient writings. The Bible is God’s Word. It is unchangeable and unfailing in its application to daily life. God’s Word is like our Owner’s Manual for all of life and living.
The Bible teaches us about the importance of having a right relationship with God, and much more. We also learn how to develop and maintain proper relationships with other people; from family and friends to employers and even enemies, it is all in there. God’s Word has something to say about our emotions. God even has something to say about all the things we buy: Within all those owner’s manuals, none of them will tell us that life is not made up of all the things we possess.
God has given us instructions to know how to enjoy life, even in the most difficult circumstances. Take the time to read God’s Owner’s Manual.
— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.