John 14:6, Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Have you ever tried to put something together without the directions? Perhaps you’ve tried to put a puzzle together without a picture on the box top? When I have ignored the directions and tried to complete a task my way, I can not think of one single time where things turned out well. When our pride gets the best of us and we fail to follow the directions or the model in front of us, we are usually left with a pile full of important parts and a large amount of frustration.
I believe that the root cause of the issues we see in society can be found in the fact that we don’t like to follow directions. It makes me wonder what it would be like if we just followed the directions that God has given us. The Bible provides the instructions for our life. It gives us the model that we can emulate. In it we find our origin, and our destination, and when we know those two things, we can find the route between the two. We can look at the picture that Jesus left us through His Word and know how we are to live and how we are to treat people. If we study the Bible, we see God’s design for our marriages and how we are to be as parents. The answers to the questions that we struggle with everyday are in the Bible, but we have to read the instructions. Psalm 25:8-9, reads “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”
The problems for you and I occur when we don’t like the directions in God's Word and we think we have a better way. Take a look at the world around us. Is our way really better? Proverbs 14:12 reads, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." God’s directions are pretty clear for us, but we have to read them and then follow them. This week I challenge you to take a hard look at your life. Are you following the directions that God has left for you in His Word, or are you staring at the unfinished puzzle of your life with no idea where the pieces belong? Pick up God’s Bible and study His ultimate direction manual, and it comes in over 400 languages too!