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A Manual For Living - January 2007

A Manual For Living - January 2007

01 January 2007

Start with God. The first step in learning is bowing down to God as our God; personal and real. How do we do that? I believe that as we spend time in prayer, in reading His Word, in worship, and in fellowship with other believers we can learn more and more how to bow down to God and how to have a closer relationship with Him.

Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it’s going; A manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair; To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. Proverbs 1:2-7 (The Message)

Start with God. The first step in learning is bowing down to God as our God; personal and real. How do we do that? I believe that as we spend time in prayer, in reading His Word, in worship, and in fellowship with other believers we can learn more and more how to bow down to God and how to have a closer relationship with Him.

What is the book of Proverbs for? Here are some things it tells us:

· It is a manual for living. We have manuals that tell us how to operate our cell phones, our appliances, our computers, our TV’s; but do we really realize that we have a special manual that we can use in our daily lives? And beyond that are we willing to use it.

· It is to help us learn what is right and just and fair. Left to ourselves, we often tend to be very selfish. What is right, what is just and what is fair? As we read through the book Proverbs there is so much that will help us to learn about these things.

· It is to teach the inexperienced the ropes. When I first became a Christian and so much was new to me and I knew I was inexperienced, this manual for living was so important to me (as it is today). I was inexperienced and needed help with many things in learning to live a Christian life.

· It is to give young people a grasp on reality. Young people need this manual for living to help them see the realities of life and to see God and His manual for living as the place to start and really get a good grasp on the realities of life.

· It is even for the seasoned men and women; there is even a thing or two for the experienced to learn. I am struck by this particular part of Proverbs 1 every time I read it each month. There is still a thing or two for me to learn; most likely much more than that. I want to be a life-long learner.

· There is fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate. Something that I always desire, but sometimes am slow to put into practice.

Start with God. Go back to the manual for living on a daily basis and ask God to teach us and to give the wisdom to seek and learn and grow so that we can become more of what He desires for each of us.

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