“If all else fails—read the directions.”
Without directions, Noah and his company would have faced the 40-day flood in a vessel built from his own devices; Moses would have watched the Hebrew people sink further into lawlessness; the walls of Jericho would not have fallen; and Solomon’s temple would have been comprised of his own ideas. Our Lord has hidden nothing from us that we need to know for our good and His glory. What rich advice to us Christians, to look into God’s Word BEFORE we follow our own notions and fail.
“According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle . . . even so shall ye make it” (Exodus 25:9). “I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting” (1 Timothy 1:16). “In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works” (Titus 2:7). “As Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount” (Hebrews 8:5). “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these” (Hebrews 9:23).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: In all things, showing yourself a pattern of good works.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (July 27 reading).]