I guess we all go through phases and I have been in a phase this year, actually it is a return phase.
When I was recently confined to a chair for three months of recuperation, I used to day-dream about all the things I wanted to do if I was ever given a chance. One of those was I wanted to go fishing.
I used to fish many years ago but I fell out of love with it I guess for about twenty years.
I decided I need to do it again, and have done it; in fact, four times in 2017 already.
I remember the first time I went; I was eager to get to the pond. I was so eager I did not heed warnings about how to prepare. I just rushed to the pond bank because I wanted to catch a fish!
That first trip I did catch about fourteen fish but only one was considered big enough to keep so I put all of them back into the pond.
What I did catch however was a tick infestation on my body.
After finding out how many ticks I had, I then recalled all those newspaper articles, television news segments and internet stories about how bad ticks are this year and what to do to keep from getting bit. It seems that last year’s mild winter never did kill them off the way cold weather usually does.
I did not heed the warnings. I did not prepare for my excursion the way I should. There was a “roadmap” but I ignored it.
John Bevere writes that God provides a roadmap for us in His Word, but do we ignore it in the hustle and bustle of our lives? I am afraid we do. “God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away…[Psalms 5:2-3].
You are on a trip over treacherous terrain and Bevere writes: “You’re handed a map that reveals the location of every landmine and sinkhole, as well as clues to look for in avoiding traps, quicksand and poisonous plants. How would you handle this map? Would you stuff it in your backpack with your energy bars and water bottle, but due to the challenges of the trip neglect reading it? Would you consult it only when the opportunity presented itself? Would you view it as casual reading? Would you look it over at the start and then pack it away, confident that you could remember all the information?”
That’s what we do with The Bible.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people” [2 Timothy 3:14].
What should we do with The Bible?
2nd Timothy is pretty clear wouldn’t you say?
Add in this from Deuteronomy 5:32 “You must be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, following His instructions in every detail.”
In case you think this is an Old Testament admonition and we are New Testament people, look in Hebrews “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it” [Hebrews 2:1].
What Bevere is really saying is that we must “heed” The Word.
Heed is not a word I use every day but it means that we should pay attention to the warning, take notice.
In his book Good or God? he encourages us to think of the Bible as the blue print for our lives. At the end of chapter 3, he is ready for us to move on to building our foundation but we can’t do that without our direction, our guide, our map, our blue print.
I rushed to the pond that day with very little plan other than to throw my line in the pond. I did not think of all the things I needed, certainly I did not consider that I needed tick repellent.
I went to the pond on Monday morning of this week and I was prepared. I sprayed and I was covered up in a proper manner despite the heat. I knew that it would be hot but I also knew that Lyme disease was not on my list of things I wanted to experience.
I heeded the warnings this time.
When I left the pond and went home