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He Knows What Makes Us Tick

When I was a kid, I loved to build model airplanes. Early on in my model building days, I was often so excited about a new model, that I would tear into the kit and start gluing pieces together without even looking at the instructions. However, it didn't take long for me to learn the meaning of that old adage, "when in doubt, read the instructions!" Yes, I royally goofed up a couple of good models before I learned to start following the blueprints. But, I soon came to realize that the creator of the model knew far more about how it was intended to go together than I ever would. I also learned that he had included the instructions to help me build a beautiful model, not to hinder or burden me with the rules of successful model building.

Can we find a spiritual application in the narrative above? The point is, since God is the one who created us, He knows better than anyone else what makes us tick. He knows what will make us happy and what will make us sad. He knows what is good for us, and what's not in our best interest. He's put all that information in writing for us in the Bible, so we can follow His "blueprint for life," and create a beautiful model of human happiness, peace, and hope.

I'm convinced God knows what's best for us, not some of the time, or even most of the time, but rather all of the time. It should be of great comfort to know that the strength to overcome any temptation, the power to bear all trials, and the solution to every problem can be found within the sacred page, if we will just take the time to carefully read, study, and meditate upon the instructions of God's Book.

Peter wrote that through the knowledge of Jesus our Lord, all things have been granted unto us pertaining unto life and godliness (II Pet. 1:1-3). Note, that's not some things, but rather all things! God has not left us to flounder in the dark, nor to muddle through life on our own, without a clue as to how to proceed. Rather, "His Word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our pathway" (Ps. 119:105). Indeed, the Bible is the treasure house of the ages, the storehouse of true knowledge, and the repository of divine wisdom! Just let the Bible be your blueprint for every "nook and cranny" of life, and the results will overwhelm and amaze you!

Do you have some problem, which seems unanswerable? Take it up with Him who said, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not" (Jer. 33:3). Do you have a trial, which seems unbearable? Why not release that burden to Him who said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Mt. 11:28). Is there some temptation nagging you, which seems irresistible? By all means, seek God's help, who, "will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (I Cor. 10:13).

Have you lost your way in life? If so, why not seek the Source of life who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (Jn. 14:6). His way is best, all of the time, because He really does know what makes us tick!

By David McCain

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