Many, while in the pursuit of freedom have surrendered themselves to bondage for which there is no escape, unless they repent. Our time here is fleeting but the here after is eternal. Hindsight is always 20/20. But we have a God who knows the end from the beginning, ought we not subscribe to His advice?!
During a conversation recently with a friend, we were discussing why children actually need, want and look for boundaries & rules. Just like when driving, when we go to hit the brakes on a car, if there is no resistance, if it fluctuates at all, even a little bit, we would not trust that it would stop when it becomes truly necessary. This is why it's so important, as a parent to be consistent, knowing when to budge and for what as well as when not to. Giving ones word and sticking to it, is the best example and security blanket you could ever give to those whom you've been entrusted with.
God, as our parent has rules and boundaries for us, not to control us, or to create weak, uninteresting creatures, but to preserve & protect us. Vital to our spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health, is the adherence to God's principles. Our Fathers concern is for our welfare. He has set out advice, best practices, commandments, dictates, mandates, regulations, rules, & warnings for a reason. It's His word of Love for His creation, His children. Sometimes, in our limited understanding and maturity we can not completely see or discern the risk, the harm or consequence but know this, He does. Nothing God commands for us is from a position of harm or malice bur rather entirely from benevolence and Love!
I clearly remember (at a young age) being told I was not allowed to get my ears pierced. A friend and I got the bright idea to go ahead and do it anyway, a number of things sweetened the deal, the price, the convenience, a free pair of earrings with the service, some novocaine spray, etc. I was like, hrmfff, I dont understand what the big deal is, it didn't even hurt; She had nothing to worry about! I made my way back home & instantly upon answering the door, my Mother smacked me clear across the face, she noticed immediately that I had disobeyed her! It wasn't uncalled for, I knew I had deserved it, after all I had disobeyed her, I didn't even have a chance to plead my cause, she was so perceptive to have noticed that quick. I was just in shock and didn't fully realize. Later on, she explained to me, that it wasn't for the sake of not wanting me to have what I wanted, or her trying to control me, she was afraid that I would contract some awful infection or something worse from whomever & their possibly dirty equipment. Boy, did I feel silly, ungrateful and foolish! That slap, was the kindest thing she had ever administered because it was out of love! I knew without a doubt that she was for me and not against me, that she LOVED me and wanted what was best for me, that she couldn't be with me every minute but hopefully her words of advice and warning would be! When you stop to think of it, isn't that what God has done for us with His word, in His book the BIBLE?!
Hear His voice, Listen to His advice and do Your best with His best for you! The yoke of obedience to the word is far easier than the yoke of bondage to this world!
“The counsel of the Lord stands forever. The plans of His heart to all generations.” Psalm 33:11
“…let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:24
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 6:14
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”3 John 1-2
“…forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” Phil 3:13
25 The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God's word].
Isaiah 30:1818 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
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