Instruction is the Way of Life
Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;
Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.
Luke 6:47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
The Bible is your book of instruction!
Receiving God's best and giving God your best begins with recognizing your assignment(s) in life. It is fully realized by embracing instruction in your life.
Think of all the best things in your life. Now think of the broken or unfulfilled things in your life. A lot of disappointment in your life is related to instructions you have ignored.
Imagine trying to drive around a large city where there were no traffic lights and signs (instructions). There would be frustration, accidents and chaos. This is how a life looks that lacks instruction. Instructions are for our protection and our provision. Instruction is often the difference between success and failure.
Isaac offers a powerful example of the power of instruction to preserve and prosper your life:
Genesis 26:1 There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. 2 Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; 5 because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” 6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar…12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; 14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
Because of following instruction, Isaac not only survived a famine, but thrived in the midst of it! And so can you!
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