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August 17, 2015
Have you ever thought back on the rules/standards in school or in your household growing up and thought, “Oh, that all makes sense now!”.
At the time, the rules felt constricting and unfair, even irrational. The standards seemed so strict and unreasonable and you just didn’t understand. But looking back, what do you notice?
The rules implemented, the standards enforced and the instruction given was never to PREVENT you from having a FULL life, but rather to PROTECT you from having anything less than a FULL life!
It’s the same with our Jesus and the instructions He has given us in His word.
Some see Him as a lawmaker, a judge, a strict and harsh enforcer that pursues justice by using His authority like a whip. Disobey and you shall be punished!
But the Lord has never worked that way. He has given us His word to follow and His instruction to guide us, but it has always been our decision whether we want to listen. We exercise the freedom of decision-making everyday when we decide whether we want to follow on the straight and narrow or take our own path. This includes the big and the small decisions that make up our life and our character.
Does He hope that you will heed His words, mediate on the desires of His heart and follow steadfastly after Him? Absolutely!
Does He stop giving you instruction, even after you decide to take your own way? No. Never. He is always speaking, always guiding, always offering a way to turn around.
He is always holding our hand.
You see, our God is the ultimate authority. His sovereignty reaches into the deepest ocean and extends to every place on the map. While He could force you to live a certain way, He is gracious enough to give you the freedom to decide.
With every step you take today, He is asking, “Will you listen to what I have told you today? Will you let my love guide your way?”
Friends, our God is all about a FULL life! His word was given to protect us from pursuing things that leave us empty, not prevent us from attaining things or a lifestyle that leaves us full. If you truly believe He is who He says He is, you will know that He would never hold back His children from a GOOD thing!
You may not understand the protection at the time but that is where trust comes into play. Do you trust that your Heavenly Father knows what is truly GOOD for your life? Not temporarily satisfying, alluring or earthly appealing but rather what will satisfy the cavities of your heart that you didn’t even know were empty?
If so, follow Him! Remind yourself of what He has shown you in the past – His “restrictions” were always for your benefit and what you thought was “holding you back” was really setting you up for a brighter future.
Let Him guide you, show you and usher you into the FULL and ABUNDANT life you were created for! It is the sweetest reward we’ve been offered.
Happy Monday, friends!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” –John 10:10
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