December 2015 Devotion

When All Else Fails


My son’s first apartment is a fond memory. He bought kitchen furniture at a local department store for a hundred dollars. It was hard to believe that the table and chairs could all fit into such a small shipping package. Between Nathan and his three friends, the furniture was assembled. Unfortunately, no one took the time to read the instruction manual. Further, the high-torque powered screwdriver quickly bent every misaligned piece. Sitting at his new table became adventurous.


         “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.”   (Psa. 119:105-106, NIV)


Following God requires an understanding of the instruction manual. Discipleship includes numerous hours of Bible study. The discoveries we make are amazing. God’s instructions empower.


         “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2Tim. 2:15, NIV)


The Bible makes life far less complicated. From its passages, we obtain wisdom, comfort and encouragement. God’s precepts illuminate our path so that we do not make costly errors. God’s methods yield incredible blessings.


Just as a firefighter is comfortable with his or her hose, Christian warriors learn to handle the Word of God with precision. The more that we learn, the more effective we become. Like the psalmist, we choose to follow God’s divine instructions. The more we know — the further we can go!


Oh Father, we praise Your glorious name! You are awesome in Your majesty and beyond compare in Your wisdom, grace, and mercy!! Lord, we long to know more of You. We ask that You would guide us in the study of Your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!

Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner