“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.” Job 22:21-22
My generous mom recently bought me a new lawn mower. My other one was over 30 years old and was pretty basic. A picture for the choke, a picture of a turtle for slow and a picture of a rabbit for fast. This one didn’t have any pictures and no matter how hard I pulled that cord, I couldn’t get it to start. After several minutes of trying, I decided maybe I better read the instructions that came with it. I found out it was actually very simple to start, once you pulled the right bar. As far as speed, well I guess that was up to me. I found out that the harder I pushed it, the faster it went. There were some pretty crazy mowing lines in my yard, I tell ya! Was I really ready to use that mower? Obviously not. And why? Because I hadn’t read the manual.
We have a “manual” for our life, too. It’s called the Bible. This book has everything you’ll need to live a good Christian life. It has stories and parables and prayers and instruction. And they’re all given freely. They are yours to cherish and live by. You can read of the promise made to a young girl over 2000 years ago and know that this promise is for you and your mom and dad also. You can read of the miracles and wonders that a loving God performed for the Israelites and know that He wants to work those same miracles in your family’s life. You can read stories about His forgiveness and long-suffering and know that this grace is available for you and for your mom or dad.
God’s “manual” will help you to know how to pray for your family. It will help you be prepared when the enemy comes roaring into your life. It will help you walk a path that is sometimes rocky without stumbling along the way. It will help you keep your eyes focused on Jesus and your heart set on the prize.
“This command that I give you today is not too hard for you. It is not a secret hidden in some far away land. This command is not in heaven so that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it to us, so that we can hear and do it?’ This command is not on the other side of the sea so that you should say, ‘Who will go across the sea for us and bring it to us, so that we can hear it and do it?’ No, the word is very near to you. It is in your mouth and in your heart. So you can obey it.” Deuteronomy 30:11-14 (ERV)
The Bible was written centuries ago yet everything we need to live by today can be found in its pages. Did you know that in almost every time capsule ever buried, they place a copy of the Bible? Why? It is because the Bible is God’s Word and it endures forever. It is through His Word that He reveals His message of salvation – for us and for those we love.
“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NLT)
Spending time in the Word helps us to learn more about God. The promises woven through the verses, the miracles recounted in the stories, the prophecies foretold and the judgments pronounced – all of these things serve to guide us as we pray for our dad or our mom. This is why the Word is so important. It is the foundation of our faith
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17.
Our “manual” helps us to be ready when things don’t go as we had hoped or even as we thought they would. It is so much easier to speak the Word of God over a situation than to fret and worry about it. Have you ever been given an assignment in school to read a chapter or a set of pages but didn’t think it was that important? Then the teacher says, “Pop quiz” and you KNOW you should have done your reading. Reading our Bibles helps us to be prepared for any “pop quiz” the enemy wants to throw at us.
The promises in God’s Word are for us and for those we pray for, especially for your mom or dad. They are offered freely to all. Open your Bible and see what His Word has to say to you today. Then speak these words to the mountains in your life. His Word will not return void.
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 (NLT)
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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