Revisit the Manufacturer’s Manual


Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8, NLT

I just had an interesting experience – brief but profound. I was preparing to go do my morning workout routine. I recalled what happened as I was out yesterday with my bluetooth headphones. I didn’t like the equalizer settings and subsequently the sound quality was not to my personal liking. I tried adjusting the settings on my own from what I remembered but nothing worked. I continued my workout with some frustration, deciding to concentrate on just getting it done. But it just wasn’t the same.

So this morning as I am preparing to go out again, I reach for my bluetooth headphones, remembering yesterday’s experience. I look at the headphones and then it dawns on me; why don’t you search the manufacturer’s manual to refresh yourself on how to adjust the settings. That’s what I did. Within minutes, I had the setting I wanted and I was able to move forward without yesterday’s frustration. Then, I had a revelatory moment from the Spirit of God. He said, “that is exactly what happens as you try to make progress on your walk with God. You encounter some challenges, frustrations, difficulties, discomfort, obstacles, etc., and you try to adjust them yourself based on your past experiences. However, you must constantly revisit the Manufacturer’s (God’s) Manual (The Bible) and refresh yourself with what are the proper settings for you to move forward – successfully, confidently and correctly – in your journey with the Lord.” Lesson learned! Our verse for today resonates like a beacon on the sea of life, the signal that reminds us to daily revisit the Manufacturer’s Manual, The Bible given to us by God, so that we can make steady progress on this journey of being followers-of-Christ. Inevitably, we will run into problems as we traverse life. Our first instinct may be to see if we can solve them on our own. That effort is almost always an exercise in futility. But if you and I have disciplined ourselves to daily visit and revisit the Manufacturer’s Manual, regardless of what we encounter in life that wants to impede our journey of going forward, we will always have the answer that provides the solution to life dilemmas. And when those answers are obtained and the solutions applied, we will always win, overcome and prevail!