“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105
In college, I had a teacher who wrote the textbook for his class. If we paid attention to that book, we passed the class with flying colors. If we didn’t, it was almost impossible to succeed.
So what about in the school of life? We need to take our cues from the Creator. God didn’t just make us and throw us out into the world with no help or thought. God in His infinite wisdom gave us a sort of owner’s manual for our lives. It’s called the Bible. However, if we don’t take time to crack the book open, we aren’t going pass the test. We have to study the textbook.
Whatever you need to know is in the Bible. Are you having marital or relationship problems, try 1 Corinthians 13 for starters. Do you feel scared or alone in a fight? Psalm 18 is a good chapter for you. Perhaps your are feeling worn out or beat down from life’s woes. Read Matthew 11 verses 28-30. There are plenty more chapters and verses of strength and comfort in the Bible, all you have to do is read just a little to find something powerful and meaningful for your life.
If you do nothing else, listen to Jesus’s words during the famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7. Those three chapters alone will give you perfect insight into what God wants for your life and how you should live it. Even for people who have never been a Christian before, the words of Jesus Christ in those three chapters rank among the highest and best of any philosophical work ever and are both morally and spiritually solid. You can’t go wrong if you are living your life according to Matthew 5, 6, and 7.
Lets face it, life is not easy. Nothing worth doing was ever easy, but that doesn’t mean it has to be impossible. So next time you hit a wall emotionally or spiritually, take some time to sit and read the Bible. They don’t call it the Good Book for nothing. It will fill you up, lift your spirits, and give you the strength to carry on. Like my mom used to say, “It’s good for what ails you.”
Think of this life as an open book test. Jesus, our good and faithful teacher, is handing us the answers. Don’t let another day go by without seeing what God Himself has to say. You’ll be glad you did.
God’s blessings to you.