Larry Buford

The study of interactions between matter and energy is called the science of physics. With experimentation and practice, scientists can formulate theories to predict the outcome or behavior of a given set of phenomena. In simple terms, if every time we threw a rock up into the air, and each time it fell to the ground, we could conclude from the experience: “What goes up must come down.” We call it the law of gravity.

In more advanced terms we can look to the interaction between matter and energy that lifts a jumbo jet off the ground, and sustains tons of weight high into the sky. Through experimentation and practice, scientists and engineers have concluded that if certain rules or laws are applied there is the possibility of a successful flight.

Instructions are important to follow. I once bought a product that required assembly. When I opened the box I laid out all the parts to make sure everything was there. I glanced over the instructions, looked at the picture of what the product should look like, decided it looked simple enough, and began assembly based on the picture. After about an hour all was going well until I noticed I had some extra screws and clamps. I went down the instruction list and discovered I missed an important step right at the beginning. In order for me to attach the final necessary piece, I had to break it all back down so that I could complete that step. What a waste of time when all I had to do was pay attention to the instructions as I went along in the first place. You might say, “Well sometimes the instructions don’t make sense anyway,” and I agree, but I’ve learned that they make better sense while doing the work and studying them hand in hand.

These illustrations are for some churchgoers who say they are “under grace” which gives them the license to live as they please. They claim they are not under the law that says “Thou shall not this,” or “Thou shall not that.” And there is something to be said about the Mosaic Law, as well as the burdensome rules that some churches place upon their members, but that is not what I am referring to. I am speaking of the law of God that’s prescribed in the Bible for a successful life that will get us to our destiny.

Just as applying the law of physics can make for a successful airplane flight, applying the law of God can make for a successful life. We may have visions of grandeur of how we want our lives to be, but without putting into practice proper instruction, the vision will be distorted.

Some of us lead our lives like a pilot who puts the controls on automatic then goes to sleep. Smart he may be, but wise he is not. The Bible is filled with instruction for successful living. For instance, Proverbs 4:7 reads: “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” We have heard this and perhaps read it countless times, but the question is, do we practice it?

Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub) Available at Smiley’s Bookstore in Carson CA, and Chaucer’s in Santa Barbara CA. Visit the author at (213) 220-8101