2 Timothy 3:14-17
The contents of Noah’s model airplane kit lay scattered on the desktop in front of him. A frown creased his forehead as he looked at the part he held in his hand. He was so engrossed he didn’t notice his dad come into the room. “How’s the plane coming along?” asked Dad.
“Oh... hi, Dad,” said Noah. “I’m having trouble with the wing assembly on this plane. I just can’t get it right.” “Maybe I can help you,” o ered Dad. He picked up the instruction sheet and began reading, step by step. As he read, Noah checked to see that each step was done right.
At step number four,Noah stopped him.“ This piece is on upside down!” exclaimed Noah.He quickly fixed the problem.“ This isn’t so hard when you follow the instructions,” he said with a grin. He set the plane aside. “I hate to stop now, but I’ve got get at my JW class lesson or Mom will get after me! My teacher gave us some questions to answer, and Mom said I had to have them finished before dinner.”
Dad smiled. “Well, good,” he said. “After all, the Bible is God’s instruction manual for us, so it’s important to learn all we can from it.”“Yeah,” said Noah. “I have step by step instructions for my model plane. It would be nice if the Bible gave step by step instructions for living.”
“Well,” said Dad, “it does, and it explains the first step we need to take - one of faith in Jesus for salvation. It also tells many specific commands, or instructions, and many principles God wants us to follow after we’re saved.” Dad pointed toward the plane. “Remember what happened when you didn’t follow one part of your airplane instructions?”“Yeah,”said Noah.“ The other pieces didn’t go together right.”
“You need to follow all the instructions given by the manufacturer,”said Dad. “And in daily living, we need to follow all the instructions God shows us in His Word. We can’t just pick and choose the ones that appeal to us.” “But there’s an awful lot to learn in the Bible,” said Noah.
“Another good reason to get at your Bible lesson,” replied Dad with a smile. “Learn a little more each day, and with God’s help obey what He shows you.”
Thought: Are you reading and studying God’s Word?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the Bible - a complete set of instructions. Help me to be diligent and to read and follow the truth, everyday. In Jesus’ name, Amen.