God’s Instruction

By Terry Clark

God’s word is complete so that we may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (II Timothy 3:16-17). Many, however, will lean on their own understanding instead of seeking the instruction of the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6). Some may rationalize and decide to forego God’s will due to the present circumstances or in favor of a “perceived” greater good. While one may be sincere, well meaning, and have good intentions, we must follow God’s instruction.

The Bible provides many examples of individuals who did not follow God’s instruction. I Kings 13:11-34 tells of a man of God who chose to listen to an old prophet’s lie instead of the instruction of God and it cost him his life. The book of II Samuel tells the story of Uzzah, who put out his hand to steady the ark of God when the oxen pulling the cart stumbled. This decision cost him his life because the ark was not to be touched (II Samuel 6:6-7). Moses was told to speak to the rock for water (Numbers 20:7-12). Out of frustration with the children of Israel and their complaining, he struck the rock as he had previously done (Exodus 17:5-6). Moses did not heed God’s direction and it cost him entry into the land which God was providing to them.

There are consequences today for not following God’s will, and some involve eternity. I am reminded of the words in Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Let us never allow what feels right or what we think is best under the present circumstances to circumvent God’s will.

“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 1:13).

“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (I Thessalonians 5:21-22).

Let us diligently seek God’s will and instruction, especially in an ever-changing world and culture.