“Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
those who trust the LORD will be joyful.
The wise are known for their understanding,
and pleasant words are persuasive.”
– Proverbs 16:20-21
So, I was hanging a new chandelier the other day in our new home. The old one, as they say, “had to go!” After several bumped heads and a seemingly constant rattle anytime the washing machine was on the “Spin” cycle, we decided it was coming down before it was ripped down. After the old one was well disposed of, we stopped by Lowe’s and purchased our new one. We brought it into the dining room, and I opened the box. Two minutes later, the contents of said box were strewn about the dining room and away I went!
Read the Instructions!
Did I bother to read the 2 page instruction sheet that was neatly tucked away in the box? Nope! My brain’s default setting is “I am a Man! I fix things! I build and put things together! Instructions are for people who don’t know what they’re doing.” I assembled the chandelier according to my acute man-sense (think Spidey-Sense and you’re getting close) and hopped up on the chair sitting under the electrical box of the old chandelier. Steph took a look at it to help adjust the length of the chain and it was too long. I hopped back down and shortened the chain by several links. Back up on the chair I went and the length was now just right.
Should Have Followed the Instructions
So, with chandelier in one hand and DeWalt in the other I set out hanging the thing. After a bit, I got it hung with the positive, neutral and ground wires ran through the base and securely joined to their respective connections in the box. I went over to the circuit panel and flipped the breaker to that circuit. I walked out to the dining room and voila! There was light!… except wait… what’s the chandelier base doing at the top of the chandelier and not covering the electrical box? *Sigh…*
Ok, I’ll have to admit here that I did glance at the instructions and I read specifically “unscrew the locking nut and place below base for fastening later before installing Chandelier” or something close to that. Ahhhh! So it was an important step after all. I shook my head and went back to the circuit panel and killed the breaker again… Everything I just did I had to undo, take the thing down, pull the wire back through the chain and unscrew the locking nut and thread it through the other side of the base LIKE THE INSTRUCTIONS TOLD ME TO… Fast forward 10 minutes or so (went much quicker this time) and the chandelier is hanging beautifully and works like a charm.
I say all of that to say this… Why do manufacturers put instructions in the boxes if we’re not going to read them? The answer: They recognize not everyone knows everything and there are people who choose to read the instructions and get it right the 1st time. I need to become one of those people. God put all of his wisdom and instruction in to the Bible for us because he knew (and we proved it in the Garden of Eden) that we’d screw it up.
Is it any wonder that Proverbs 16:18 (just 2 verses before today’s passage) reads “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall”? I am still a work in progress, as soon as I think I have steps 1, 2 and 3 down I am reminded quickly that God wrote those instructions and I need to read them every day. A glance, or a once-over of the instructions isn’t enough. Our lives have seasons… stages… steps… God has instructions for wherever we are at in life. I pray that I look at God’s instructions before I proceed 1 more step in this life, because if I don’t have time to do it right the 1st time, I may not be blessed with the time to fix it the 2nd time.
“The person who knows everything has a lot to learn.” – Unknown