October 21, 2019

God’s Instruction Manual For Life

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 21, 2019

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. Isaiah 50:4

Rarely do I read the instruction manuals of the children’s or grandchildren’s toys. Rita, my wife, on the other hand, is meticulous to follow each step in sequence until the assembly is complete and correct. The classic tortoise versus the hare! Guess who gets it right at a slower pace and who “finishes” first but has to unassemble and reassemble several of the most critical pieces? 

You guessed correctly, the one who did not take the time or interest to understand the instruction manual really finishes last. Fortunately, our loving heavenly Father has given us His promises and commands as explained in the Bible, to protect us from ourselves so we can enjoy life as He intended us to.

Scripture is primarily about our need for a Savior. With an other worldly elegance it describes the nature of God and the loving salvation He provides for the pinnacle of His creation: human beings. We are made in the image of God with an inner desire for an authentic relationship with our Maker. Within this personalized love letter on how to live and die are the Lord’s promises and commands that define our purpose, give moral courage and teach wise ways to live life.

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).

God’s Promises  

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

What are some of the Lord’s promises for His people? 

(Psalm 19:8-11 paints a beautiful portrait of some of the promises of God): 

God’s Commands   

“Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true” (Psalm 119:151).

What is the nature of God’s commands for His children? 

By God’s grace trust His promises and obey His commands.

“This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands” (1 John 5:2-4).


Heavenly Father, lead me to trust Your promises and obey Your commands, in Jesus’ name, amen.


What promise has the Lord given me that requires a deeper understanding? What command has Christ given me that calls for my total surrender?

Related Reading

Matthew 28:18-20; John 13:34; Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 2:7-11

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