Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Guidance (Elements of Existence) #AtoZChallenge

Still life with Bible, by Vincent Van Gogh
Still life with Bible, by Vincent Van Gogh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.

Psalm 119:105
New International Version (NIV)

        Many have doubts as to where they are going in this life, what they should be doing, or why they even exist.  These are indeed difficult questions if we dwell upon them to deeply.  Without God in our lives there is no particularly reasonable answer. 

      Those who live without a hope in the Creator's promise of a perfect eternal life might be prone to live the carpe diem philosophy which is to live to the utmost today and forget about what the future may hold.  The Bible tells us that we should not fret about our future on Earth as sometimes we have no control over the things that happen to us.  However, we do need to think about eternity and make a decision about which way we are going to choose--God's way or the wide roadway which leads to destruction.

        In our time on Earth we are to learn what we can and make the right decisions.  If we let the ways of the world be our guide then we might feel good for a short term, but we will eventually realize that there is more meaning to our existence than just accumulating possessions and having a good time.  A better guide is found in scripture.

        Forget the self-help books and the philosophies of those who think they know the answers.  If the authors of these schools of thought are not grounded in sound Biblical doctrine then they are espousing vain doctrines of empty-headed blathering.  Oh sure, some of the ideas found in the world of human thought are fine, but if they are contrary to what the Bible teaches us then they are not the guidance you should be seeking.

      Thousands of years in the making, the Bible has all you need to know about life.   It might take some digging and rereading, but all of the books in the psychology sections of all the libraries and bookstores would take just as much or more time to peruse to find answers to life and for the most part the answers are still going to be inadequate.

        Need answers?   Need guidance?   It's right at your fingertips in the Bible.  We were given the Bible for our benefit.  Are you taking complete advantage of what the Bible offers you?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Romans 15:4
New International Version (NIV)


  1. Thank you for the inspiration, Arlee. Those who are on a spiritual quest, like me, need the encouragement.

    1. In an often discouraging world encouragement from others is the fuel that keeps our spirits burning. Thank you for your encouragement.



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