My husband and I zipped along I-95 South heading home after a wonderful visit with friends and family in the DC area. We’re pretty sure this section of interstate never sleeps. Occasionally, wanna-be race car drivers cut in and out too close for my comfort, but most drove courteously. I marveled at how a tight space could hold so many speeding vehicles. That changed when we reached an area marked, “Warning: Unmarked Pavement Ahead.”
Without the lines between the last two lanes, the space that had held four lanes of traffic shrank to three. The benefit of marked lanes was apparent. The markings that limited the space of each car increased everyone’s speed and safety. I imagined I-95 without marked lanes and cringed. Then I thought of our culture. In the name of freedom, we’ve erased limits that ensure our liberty and protection. We all suffer as a result.
Defined limits provide safety and ease even in a crowded parking lot. In a populated world we need clear boundaries to prosper.
The Bible provides timeless parameters to protect our travel through this world. When we live within those limits, we avert needless collisions and heartaches.
The Problem with Religion
I’ve seen a problem in the Christian culture that has caused some to rebel against God’s instructions. Some respected leaders add human rules to God’s standards. The principles given to secure life become heavy burdens with these human additions.
‘Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!’? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires” (Col. 2:21-23 NLT).
Jesus understands. He says come to Him and He’ll teach us how to live. Even better, He’ll walk with us.
Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light’” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT).
The Swinging Pendulum
Perhaps, repulsed by legalism, other leaders have swung to the opposite extreme. They minimize and dismiss God’s instructions.
In contrast, the Bible says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17 NASB). God’s commandments serve as guardrails of liberty.
Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome” (1 Jn. 5:3 NLT).
We overcome the downward pull of sin and become the beautiful people God intended when we walk His path in the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s Word clearly marks out our lanes (Ps. 119:105).
Whom Do You Trust?
I’ve observed a principle in life. Liars accuse the innocent of doing what they themselves do. In Satan’s conversation with Eve, he portrayed God as being like himself—a liar and a thief that steals people’s freedom and pleasure (Gen. 3; Jn. 8:44, 10:10).
God’s instructions protect us from harm. The enemy wants to remove this guardrail. As we remember God’s character we won’t fall for lies.
The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
giving insight for living” (Ps. 19:7-8 NLT).
Don’t be duped by our culture—religious or secular. Biblical instructions on right and wrong keep life’s interstates safe.The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever (Is. 40:8 NLT). #wisdom Click To Tweet
Suggestion: Choose any of the ten commandments and look at them from the perspective of protecting your life instead of restricting your pleasure. (See Exodus 20:1-17). I’d love to hear what you discover!
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