Most of us have heard of Survival and How-To guides. There are hundreds of these publications – each written for a specific purpose – from birth to death and everything imaginable in-between. Some of these guides are written by well-meaning authors, others are written by those who want to make a quick dollar, and still, others are written by those who live on an alternate plane of existence and those who delve into the occult.
There’s no guarantee after reading say “How to Survive in the Bush” that you’ll come back alive from the outback experience. There’s no promise either that after following each step laid out in “Wealth Creation” that you’ll land a million dollars and there is no assurance that life will harmonise if you place your hope in crystals, big blocks of coloured salt or wind chimes, just read (Proverbs 3). Placing hope and trust in these guides is a gamble. You hope the authors know what they’re talking about and what they have documented is the truth. You trust that they have been there and done that and can back their words with experience and a T-Shirt.
The Word of God – the Bible – for believers is more than just a survival guide. To a born-again believer, it’s a personal love letter from the Creator. To a non-Christian, it’s an invitation to the truth but you must come to the party (Hebrews 11:6). With this guide, there is no doubt of hope or trust or experience, because the One who wrote this guide is the very Author of life and everything thereafter. (Gen 1-3, Psalm 139, Hebrews 9:27, Matthew 6).
This guide was written to us and for us (Jeremiah 29:11)