Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

Manufacturer’s Instructions

A few days ago I was figuring out how to use an Audibible, a small player on which were loaded lots of songs and Scripture readings in a minority language to be used in areas where there is no electricity.  One part of the manufacturer’s instructions is particularly important if recharging the player from an electrical outlet instead of using the solar charger.  Using a negative instead of a positive charge, I was told, could ruin the player.  Fortunately, that information is in the User’s Manual.  I just hope whoever uses the Audibible reads and follows these directions!

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People are like that.  The first human was manufactured from earth—yes, handmade (that’s what “manufacture” literally means) by God.  And to Adam and his descendants (that’s us!) the Manufacturer has provided a User’s Manual.  If we follow the instructions, things will go well.  If we insist on doing it our own way instead, there’s going to be trouble. 

So why don’t people read the instructions?  Is it because of pride?  Stubborn independence?  Thinking that they know better than the manufacturer?  Why don’t people humbly listen and obey the instructions of the One who made them?  Same reasons, I suspect…  The results?  Just look around and see.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
     do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
     and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
     Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
Then you will have healing for your body
     and strength for your bones.
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything
     and your vats will overflow with good wine.  (Proverbs 3:5-10 NLT)

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