Safety Fences – Hope 103.2

Safety Fences

By David ReayThursday 23 May 2013LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Deuteronomy 5:32-33

32 So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33 Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you,so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. (NIV)

Not far from where I grew up there was an old quarry now filled with water. A boy drowned in it so the authorities put up a fence around the quarry to prevent such tragedies recurring. That fence was an irritation to those who wanted to explore the quarry: it restricted their freedom to do so. It also stopped them falling to their death.

A bit like the commandments of God. They do restrict our freedom,they place limits on what is permissible. They tell us what to do and we often don’t like being told what to do. But they are for our good. As Moses reminds the people of Israel: keeping those commands will make life better for them.

Keeping God’s commands doesn’t,in fact,impair our freedom. It rather warns us against independence. Staying within the boundaries set by his commands allows us to be free to be who he made us to be. Much better than mere self-centred independence which can lead to our destruction. We simply don’t always know what is best for us.

“Thou shalt not…” is not an attempt to destroy our selves; it is an invitation to be saved from our selves. It is not a case of God trying to spoil our lives but an invitation to discover what life with him is all about.

David Reay

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