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Why God’s Laws Are So Good For Us

Why do so many view the laws and commands of God as narrow and confining? This is far from the truth. On the contrary, the laws and commands of God are both liberating and freeing.

Now I realize we are New Testament believers and ceremonial laws are no longer needed for all who are in Christ Jesus. I’m referring to the foundational principle of God’s law, mainly the moral laws and commands of the Lord found in both the Old and New Testaments.

When we follow the laws and commands in God’s Word we come into alignment with how the Creator has designed us to live.

Living Outside of God’s Design

The Lord has carefully knit us together and fashioned us purposely and creatively (Psalm 139). He has given us the Bible as an owner’s manual instructing us on how to live as we were created. When we ignore His laws, we malfunction, break down and crash.

Just pick up and read any newspaper and it won’t take long for the reader to realize that humanity is broken. Many are self-destructing. Why? Because so many are living outside of their intended design and purpose.

The computer that I’m writing this blog post on won’t work without some sort of power source. The computer works best only when it is used as the maker has designed and purposed it.

When our children were young, Wendi and I taught them to stop, look and listen before crossing any street. We told them that cars come down streets and if they are not paying attention when crossing they can get hit and seriously hurt. The rule was created out of love for them not to make their lives miserable.

Protection and Provision

The laws of God serve us in two primary ways:

1. God’s law is given to protect us.

Love protects. God’s laws serve humanity by protecting us from unwarranted pain and trauma.  Shame, guilt, regret, unforgiveness, abuse, premature death and needless diseases are results of living outside of God’s ordered design. God’s law serves to protect us from all of this and so much more!

2. God’s law is given to provide for us.

Love provides. On the flip-side of protection is provision. When we live from His commands we receive the benefits of what God’s laws provide such as security, peace, health, assurance, hope, joy and blessing just to name a few.

The Laws of God Are For Our Highest Good

It’s important to note that the laws of God are never about control and always about care. His laws are set in place for our highest good. When we follow them we live within the framework of our created purpose and destiny.

To ignore God’s laws and commands is to set ourselves outside of His original design and purpose. When we do this, we intentionally move away from His protection and provision. Yet, when we live under the covering of His laws and commands we position ourselves to live in true freedom, experiencing both protection and provision.

The choice is ours.

Joshua 1:8 “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have those who love your law and nothing can make them stumble.”

Deuteronomy 28:1 “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.”

In what ways have you experienced the protection and provision of God’s laws and commands in your own life? What has His commands and laws provided you with and/or protected you from?

Greg Simas

• Pastor | Writer | Leader | Coach • Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer in SF Bay Area. "Building people whose lives change so they can change lives."

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7 thoughts on “Why God’s Laws Are So Good For Us”

  1. Its been long I read your blog, l am so glad when l read your writings because of the truth & the raw undiluted word of God, This is the kind of messages that we need in this age of globalization and technology. We are with you in prayer sustain it. Some of us are eating full from this type of words

  2. Greg,

    I always love the simplicity of the ideas you present and yet the profoundness of them.

    I struggle with reconciling & understanding my relationship to the law with the Law of the Spirit that we as redeemed believers are supposed to follow.

    “For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE “- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
    ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭3:10-14‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ( note: this was copied from an electronic Bible and the uppercase is from that.)

    “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:2-9‬ ‭NASB‬‬

    I’ve often been annoyed at church leaders who are strict adherents to the teaching of the law of tithing yet don’t even mention the 10 commandments.

    If you could comment on this, I’d appreciate it.

    How Jesus has helped me understand my relationship to the Law, is now, He is my Law. My job is to obey Him who gave everything to redeem me.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Jeanne. I love these scriptures. They are so rich with truth. Yes, the law was fulfilled in Christ and praise God we stand on His merits based on the finished work of the Cross.

      This post is not a rigid focus then on the the Old Testament Laws and ordinances, especially the sacrificial system, that’s been done away with through the finished work of Jesus. It’s more about the moral laws of God that are fulfilled in Christ and carried through both Old and New Testaments. I also refer to “commands” because the New Testament has many of them. For instance, the Apostle Paul tells us to “be anxious for nothing, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil. 4:6).

      This is really not about tithing vrs. giving etc. specifically. It’s about the broad stroke of knowing that God is for us and not against us and that from a loving heart he has given us guidelines (i.e. the laws/commands of God) to live how we are designed to live. Hope this helps!

      1. Hi Greg, thank you for your reply. I’ve read enough of your material to trust the sincerity and genuineness of your love of God. I so appreciate the encouragement to hear God’s commands as a Father’s loving care. I get it!

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