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Some Assembly Required

One man had the frustrating experience of ordering a tree house for his children for Christmas. It came in a nice box with complete instructions inside.

Being a methodical man, he laid out all the parts on the floor and began reading the instructions. The "good news" was that he understood the directions perfectly and thought he would have no trouble assembling the product.

The "bad news" was that the instructions told how to assemble a tree house, but the parts inside the box were for a sailboat!

The next day he sent an angry letter to the company complaining about the mix-up. Back came this reply:

"We are truly sorry for the error and the inconvenience. However, it might help you to consider the possibility that somewhere there is a man out on a lake trying to sail your tree house."

That's a sad, but funny story. What a shame and frustration to be reading the wrong instructions for your problem. Consider, however, people trying to put their lives together, and they are reading the wrong instructions. People with life problems are reading history books to see where things went wrong before. Others are reading psychology books to see if they can figure out the secret. Others are reading self-help books to determine if there is a short-cut to the good life. Still others are dabbling in false religions that are purely manmade.

The wisdom of the ages won't necessarily show us the right way, but the wisdom of God will never steer us in the wrong direction.

So, read your Bible! It has God's answers to life's problems.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward