Words Provide Directions – Do We Follow Them?

I learned a long time ago to follow directions. When I didn’t follow directions, I became frustrated, and things didn’t go well.

How many times have you heard, “Men don’t follow directions! They can get lost in a paper sack?” It’s not true. Some men follow directions.

Through lots of success and failure, I learned that it is best to follow directions as long as they don’t lead you astray.

Over the years, I have learned one thing – the best set of directions is God’s Word, the Bible.

The Bible provides directions on how to live, what to avoid and how to grow spiritually.

But do we always follow the directions we are given?

Do we read the directions God gave us?

Do we take the time to study the directions we are given?

A few years ago, I had a dream about a little girl. She was four or five years old. She and I were standing in a stairwell together, and she wanted to go up the stairs. I told her to climb three steps, and she would be fine. In my dream, I turned around to find her climbing three steps, alright, but they were three blocks that led her off the side of the stairwell entirely.

As she went to take that final step, her whole body started to fall, and I reached over and grabbed her by her dress and pulled her to safety.

I realized at that moment; I had failed to properly teach her which three steps to climb.

Sometimes we don’t realize that the few short words we speak can lead someone to do the wrong thing or take the wrong path.

Follow directions

God instructed Moses to tell the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6 to follow the commands, decrees, and laws the Lord directed.

“6:6 These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, 6:7 and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up. 6:8 You should tie them as a reminder on your forearm and fasten them as symbols on your forehead. 6:9 Inscribe them on the door frames of your houses and gates.

God may have been instructing the Israelites through Moses to keep and follow his commands, but His Word is timeless and applies to us today, and we are to do the same thing – Follow His directions.

Folks, here’s a harsh reality.

If we don’t teach our children the ways of the Lord, there are plenty of people who will teach them about everything else but God. Those who do not believe in God will not teach them the ways of the Lord.

Do you understand what I am saying? The enemy wastes no time leading our children astray and teaching them about everything but the Lord, and many times we allow it without realizing what’s happening until it’s too late. Take a look at some of the things taught to children today, both in and out of the classroom.

What will you do to train up the children in your life about the ways of the Lord?

You see, it doesn’t matter how old you are or what your status is in life as far as married, single, widowed, or divorced. The enemy makes no distinction when it comes to the youth of today, and he’ll try and take them all.

What will you do to make a difference in the life of a young person?

Let’s pray.

Father, thank you for your timeless Word. Lord, I pray that I follow your directions each day, no matter how difficult it gets in this dark and lonely world. Help my brothers and sisters stand firm in the faith as they too face challenges. I pray they are reading your Word and seeking direction from you, Lord. I thank you, Lord, and praise you. In your Son’s precious name, I pray, Amen.


The Teaching Lady

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