The Fine Art of Failure: Week 1 - Day 3

Opening Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, we are reminded in Psalm 119:105 that “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  We praise you for providing this perfect guide and help us to faithfully use it.

 

Read: Luke 6:39 NIV

He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?

 

Reflect: 

We’ve all heard about foolishness of “the blind leading the blind.”  Now we know the phrase is Biblical!

 I don’t know how many times I’ve had problems with a piece of equipment around the house that I tried to fix and it took way longer than it should have.  A prime example of this is when we decided to change our door knobs to the lever kind.  The first one took forever with a lot of shouting on my part.  I kept thinking there must be an easier way of doing this.  It was almost impossible to get the screw driver into the slot.  I couldn’t see it with the handle in the way.  After finishing the first one I decided to check the manufacturer’s installation manual.  Well, I learned that the handles slip off and aren’t in the way when installing the inside works (whatever they’re called.)  As a result, I was able to put the next 20 plus lever handles on in less time than I took with the first one.

This is the way we are in our daily lives if we try to go on our own without consulting the manufacturer’s manual that God has provided.  God’s Word is His instructional manual that will guide us through whatever situations we face.  Solutions, principles, or ways to manage can be found in the Scriptures for any problem we face.   

 

Apply:  

This week constantly remind yourself that you need God to guide you through any situation you face.  There is no way you can do it on your own successfully.  His Word is the first place you need to turn for direction.  I have found this scripture from Proverbs to be very helpful to remind me who I follow.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

 

Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, with all the darkness in this world, I thank You for providing the light (clear instructions in the Bible) to lead me.

Terry Schneider