Monday, February 18, 2013

God's Boundaries

Baby Gate Time!

We quickly realized yesterday that Allie's crawling speed had hit a dangerous level.  We rescued her from the stairs a few too many times.  So...we pulled out the good old baby gate! 
The boundary line had to be drawn else she would end up hurting herself.  She was not a happy camper and, as you can see in this picture, was a little puzzled as to why we ruined her fun.  But, we love her too much to watch her crawl into imminent danger.
Drawing this boundary for Allie reminds me of the need for God's boundaries in our own lives.  In His Word, there are clear boundary lines drawn which we understand as His laws, commandments, statues, precepts, or righteousness.  He does not draw these boundaries to ruin our fun, rather to demonstrate His love for us. 

As you read the following Scripture make note of the underlined descriptions of God's boundaries AND then the bold benefits they ensue upon those who follow them.

Psalm 19:7-11
"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward."

I love the descriptions of God's boundaries:  perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, sure, righteous, precious and sweet! 
I am motivated by the benefits of staying within His boundaries:  revives my soul, makes my simple mind...wise, gives joy to my heart, gives light to my eyes, and brings great rewards. 
On paper, the descriptions and benefits outshine the fun that might be ruined as a result of staying within the boundaries.  However, when push comes to shove we often are blinded to the benefits because we are so fixated on the BOUNDARY itself.   And not the perfection of the boundary but literally the boundary...that which we are restricted from. 

As we teach our children about God's perfect and trustworthy boundaries for their lives, let's pray the following: 

Thank you for loving us enough to draw boundary lines for our own protection.  Give us wisdom as we teach our children about Your perfect, trustworthy boundaries for their lives and help them to focus on the benefits rather than the boundaries themselves.  May they understand that Your love for them motivates the boundaries you've set and, as they stay within them, may they experience the great rewards of wisdom, joy, and revival of their soul.  Psalm 19:7-11


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