Don’t “Wing It”. Read the instructions first.

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 Romans 15:4

2016 Frieda P. Smith

 Has anyone besides me ever tried to “wing it” (assembling something you ordered without reading the instructions first)?

After you realized you messed up, you picked up the instructions that came in the box, disassembled the mess you made, and started over again.

My friends, I have learned since my first mistake to pick up the instructions first.  They are included for a reason.

In like manner, the Apostle Paul wrote these words to the young believers at the church in Rome, recorded in Romans 15:4, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” 

The Scriptures—The Word of God—provides patience and comfort.  They were written for our “advance” learning, to prepare us for issues we will encounter as we journey through life.

For example, one of my favorite Scriptures is John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

If I did not know this in advance, when I went through my season of affliction, I would have probably lost hope.

However, because I had “insider information,” I remained cheerful while I went through the tribulation, as I knew Jesus would make me an overcomer!

My friends, my advice today is simple.

Don’t “wing it!”  Read “the instructions” first!







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