Following Instructions

(Proverbs 23)

“Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.”- Proverbs 23:12

We live in a world full of instructions.  Even the things we purchase come with a set of instructions. (Which I am Thankful For!) :)

 Instructions are a vital part of our daily lives and influence us more than we realize. It is important to follow instructions. Let me point out three reasons instructions are important…



*Following instructions frees us from frustration and it is true that ignoring God's instructions for your life will lead to some very frustrating moments. -Proverbs 13:13

*Following instructions delivers us from danger. God's Word is filled with instruction that warns us of danger and there are many negative commands in the Word of God, but rather than seeing God's negative commands in a negative way we should see them as being doubly positive. Josh McDowell once pointed out that behind every negative command stands the two positive principles of protection and provision. When God says "No" it is because He wants to protect you from danger and provide something better for you. -Proverbs 4:13

*Following instructions enhances your enjoyment in life if you purpose to live your life in accordance with God’s instructions. "Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers." -Proverbs 16:20


Isaiah 55:8,9 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

You see this is already one of the key issues with following God’s instructions!!

So many times we come to God and His Word with our own preconceived idea of how we want to do something, but then we find out that is not how God does things. He is not going to change for us. God comes down to meet us where we are to then take us up to where He is. His ways are higher than ours, His thoughts are higher than ours, and they are better.

 Aren’t you thankful for The Bible, God’s instruction manual for us. We   need to study His word so we don’t goof up. In order to follow His instructions we have to be familiar with them. If you want to grow in understanding then you have to plant your heart with instruction by filling your eyes and ears with knowledge.

Are you reading His word and studying.?

Take time to learn and follow God’s instructions. Don’t miss out on what God wants for your life. God has given us all the details we need to do life the right way, and it includes getting to know Him.

If you want the best in life...Follow God's Instructions!
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