God's Way: The Rules of the Road
I got my first car the day after Thanksgiving. God told me how long I needed to wait, and he let me know the right time that I should get it. He blessed me with the perfect first car and he even let me know how I should pay for it. That little tidbit was just a testament to God's faithfulness. I may go into further details of my first car story in a later post.
Anywho. . .God gave me a revelation a couple of weeks after I got acclimated to the road. As I was driving I took notice of each line, light and sign on the streets. God showed me that just like the rules were set in place on the road, so we can drive safely and get to our destination in one piece, God did the same thing with life. God is a god of order; he created us to depend on him for guidance and direction. So, he set the laws and commandments so we can enjoy this journey of life with him. It doesn't work out if we cut corners. It doesn't work out if we go through red lights or drive outside the lines. We risk everything he's blessed us with. We risk the most precious gift he gave us, which is our life.
A lot of times we see rules as something that limits us, but within God's boundaries there is so much freedom. For instance, within the rules and boundaries of the road you can go almost anywhere you please. Not only that, but you can choose any type of car you want. Even those who don't have a car can opt to take a bus, train, uber, or you can even walk. The possibilities are endless just like with God.
Problems occur when people step outside the guidelines. That is exactly why the world is in its current state. The other day I went through a red light because I thought I could make it through the yellow light. Boy, was I off. The yellow light tells us we need to slow down so we could eventually stop. I risked not only my life, but my father's and anyone else I would have run into if they would have driven through their green light. By the mercy and grace of God, there was barely anyone on the road and the police siren that went off soon after wasn't for me.
I said all of that to say that God was and is looking out for us. He knew that if we didn't do it his way we would fail miserably and our life would lead to destruction.
It's all about our mindset. We have to understand that God is not limiting us or holding anything back from us; he is protecting us. Eve ate that fruit because she believed that very lie, that he was holding out on something better. That is not who God is. God created this world so we could use it, enjoy it and glorify him in it. Pray and ask God to change your heart and your mind so you can love him and see the freedom of his great ways.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14 NIV
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord . “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:6 NIV
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:1-7 NIV
Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:8, 15-17 NIV
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace– as in all the congregations of the Lord's people. 1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV