I was assembling my office chair a little while ago. I began thinking about how I used to try and assemble things without reading the instructions. When I thought I was finished, I noticed I had extra parts. I ignored the extras and used the item I assembled anyway.
The item I put together didn’t last long. It didn’t function the way it was designed to function. I never got the full benefit of the item because I didn’t read the instructions.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
We feel as though we can build meaningful and fruitful lives without reading and sticking to the instruction manual. We are deceived to think we can put it all together without the manual and toward the end we see we have a mess and extra parts we didn’t see. But we go on and try to gain the benefits found in the manual anyway, and we find ourselves like the chair we assembled. Broken, leaning to one side and unstable.
That manual is the written Holy Word of God.
The manual some of us refuse to read is the Holy Bible, the written word of God. His words are profitable in the sense of doctrine that guides us. It reproves us by putting us back in line with the word of God when we stray away and try to put it together on our own. It points us back to the righteousness God requires of us.
So pick those instructions up and follow it step by step. It’s easier to do it the way our manufacturer, our creator, instructs us to. It’ll save a lot of disappointment and the need to start over again in the long run.