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Topic: Directions (02/02/04)
TITLE: DIRECTIONS PLEASE
By Anthony David
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Anthony David Swaroop Kumar
“Could you please tell me how to reach the venue of the Seminar?” she enquired on the telephone. I told her all the directions to reach the Retreat center where we were having a Seminar. She followed all the landmarks and came to the venue. “Did you have any problems in reaching here?” I asked. “Not at all; your directions were crystal clear”, she complemented.
Life seems direction-less for many today. Perhaps it is because they fail to follow the directions for use (of life). Every bottle of medications or food stuff we use has printed instructions or directions for use. Why don’t we have such easy to follow “directions of life” printed for instance, on our backs? Why did the Maker forget to do this?
Perhaps one reason for this is that God, our Creator made us ‘choosing beings’. Free agents as it were, capable of making choices. It is up to us to feel, act, think and do as we decide to.
But the fact is that many people yearn for some directions in their lives. Many are perplexed and clue-less about what to do next. Many questions seem unanswered.
“I am feeling depressed. I feel like committing suicide” says one young professional student.
“How should I deal with this difficult colleague of mine who keeps on irritating me?” asks a Christian, working in a secular office.
“Can you tell me how I can decide whom to marry?” asks a young man on the brink of getting affianced.
Where are the directions? Who will give them to these earnest seekers? The Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the Universe, who created us, did make provision for our directions too!
He gave us His living word, the Bible. The Holy Bible, a library of some 66 books, is the completely revealed will of God. It is a magnificent book indeed. Written by over 40 authors, across a span of some 1500 years, it still has a continuity of thought. Rustic shepherds and wise kings and poets are amongst its writers. Yet, it is the one and only ‘all time best seller!’
Answers to questions plaguing us regarding our life, future or eternity are found in this book. The Bible is God’s Direction Manual for our lives. We can study and meditate on this book and thus become successful and prosperous. (Joshua 1:8&9)
As the old Sunday school chorus says,
“The best book to read is the Bible,
If you read it every day,
It will keep you on the Way,
Oh! The best book to read is the Bible!”
My life’s direction manual is the Holy Bible. Is it yours too?
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© 2004 M A David S Kumar