Follow Instructions or Void Warranty

Why do we complain when things go wrong? As if we had no warning. Throughout life we are faced with one decision after another and each has its consequences, both good and bad.  We wake up and have to choose;

  • use the Bible as our guide
  • guide ourselves

When we choose to let the Bible and all of the wisdom contained within to be our guiding light, we tend to live a fuller and more joy filled life. Sure we have trials and pitfalls, but we will not have the added burden and guilt of sin and it's lasting consequences.  We can pick ourselves up and move on.    

When we choose to guide ourselves, and ignore the counsel of God, we run the very real risk of living a defeated and sorrow filled life. If we are a believer, and have read and heard God's word on a particular subject, we are held accountable even more.  To whom much is given,much is required.

The first seven verses in the Book of Proverbs is a good primer for life. 

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
— (Proverbs 1:1-7 KJV)

Solomon penned most of the Proverbs and these verses outline what is to follow.  Each Proverb is likened to a parable.  A life lesson.  Solomon, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has given every man instructions on how to live peaceably with God, and with man.  When you boil it all down, you find a recurring theme.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
— (Proverbs 7 KJV)

The phrase "fear of the LORD" is repeated fourteen times in the Book of Proverbs.  When we maintain a fear or reverence of the LORD, we find ourselves more adherent to His counsel.   It is then and only then that we can embrace all of God's promises and appropriate them for ourselves.  We are in God's will, and that is where we find a joy filled life.  Both with God, and with man.  

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
— (Psalms 37:23-24 KJV)
The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
— (Psalms 37:29-31 KJV)
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
— (Proverbs 21:21 KJV)

One of my personal favorites is found in First Timothy.  It is excellent instruction and warnings.  Read it, memorize it, share it, and live it.  

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
— (1 Peter 3:10-12 KJV)

"The face of the Lord is against them that do evil."  The title of this post is "Follow Instructions or Void Warranty"  We as believers have God's ear in tune to our prayer, and His face is upon us.  A warranty is only as good as the person backing it up.  The promises found in the Bible  (our warranty) , are backed by God.  If we don't heed instruction, we void our warranty.  Have you ever tried to get a warranty repair and be told that they will not honor your warranty because you didn't follow the instructions?  I have, and it has cost me dearly.  In my case it was an iPhone.  Not my sole, but still expensive and painful.  

In closing, take heed to instruction, keep God's ear in tune to your prayers, and enjoy the joy filled life God has intended for you to live.

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