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?