While reading my Bible, I often think about how similar it is to another book I refer to quite often: my vehicle owner’s manual. The manual was written by the car’s designer to teach vehicle owners how to use their vehicle for its intended purpose, get the most use out of the car, troubleshoot when problems arise and enjoy the car as much as possible. I can find the answers to most of my car-related questions in the manual. It often explains with simple instructions how to proceed when something isn’t working as it should. Other times it tells me I need help beyond what I am capable of on my own.
While my owner's manual teaches me how to use my car to the best of my ability, the Bible teaches me about how I can live a life that pleases God. God the Creator has provided an operator’s manual for each of us through the Bible. The Bible guides my life when things are going well and also in times of confusion, trouble or anxiety. When I have a question or problem concerning my car, I will usually struggle with it for a while before I remember that the answer is right there in the manual. I often do the exact same thing when I have a question or problem in my life. I will struggle to find the answer on my own before I go to God’s Word, where I find the answers I need.
Just as my car requires regular maintenance to keep it in the best condition, my body, mind and spirit need regular attention. My body requires the right food, exercise and sleep. My mind requires that I continually think about the things of God (Philippians 4:8). My spirit requires that I pray continually, remain thankful to God and enjoy the life God has blessed me with through Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
My car’s manual covers the warranty that comes with my vehicle. However, after a certain number of years and miles the warranty expires, and the manual lists several pages of things that will void the warranty. The Bible explains that the "warranty" I have from God will never expire. It says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” God has promised me eternal life. That’s the only warranty I will ever need.
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