With Christmas just behind us I am reminded of my paternal responsibility as official merchandise assembler. I’m no engineer, so inevitably I yield to the instructions in the package. Which is not to say I begin by reading the instructions in the package. As believers we understand the Word of God contains some clear instructions. It reveals step-by-step procedures organized by the impeccable mind of a holy God. They are perfect and complete. They contain his sovereign will wrapped in loving and gracious guidance. His expectations never call us to something impossible, pressure us beyond what we can bear, or put in a place where we must compromise. His goal is never to frustrate, humiliate, provoke, or deprive us. We rejoice in the fact that God himself will even give us the desire to obey, and then assist us to succeed. Think about that. God gives us only beneficial instruction, generates the desire to obey, expedites the eventual success, and then rewards us for our faithfulness. The Word of God may contain some tough instructions, but they come with equally serious help.