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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"The Maker's Guide"

January 20, 2006

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This God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14

You buy an item and bring it home. But first it needs to be assembled. You can fumble around with screwdriver and wrench, trying to get all the pieces together properly. Or you can follow the manufacturer's directions.

Isn't that the way it is with so much of life? Sensible people get directions before doing things. They follow guidelines prepared by people who already know the way. They learn from others' information and insight.

How much more important it is for us to follow the guidelines for life itself! The best directions we have come from our Maker, God Himself. Through His Word, God gives us this command: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5); "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Luke 10:27). Jesus' life is an example for us to imitate. And when we fail to meet His standard, we are forgiven for Jesus' sake.

When we are faced with a particular situation, we can ask, "What did Jesus do?" We can also pray, "Lord, guide me. Show me what You want me to do. Help me make wise use of my time, money, and talent." God directs. Let us be willing to follow.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You died in our place that we may live in Your presence forever. Give us courage to follow Your guidelines for living this life. Amen.

(Devotions from "The Abundant Life" copyright 1998, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. Permission is granted for one-time e-mailing of this link to a friend. For information on other devotional material, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit CPH at www.cph.org.)

Today's Bible Readings: Job 30-31    Matthew 13:31-58

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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