Neither the sheep nor the goat can understand why we have restraints on their behavior.
Whether it be the pen in the barn or the fence in the field, the boundaries we set for them isn’t what they’d prefer.
They cannot comprehend it is all for their good.
The boundaries keep them safe from predators, cuts access to the road, and protects them from over eating the grain.
It’s easy for us to chafe at God’s boundaries, too.
Our God loves us and is a good Father.
He has given us His Word to instruct us.
Giving us boundaries for our lives is God’s protection from harm.
And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. Deuteronomy 6:24 KJV
Yet, mankind is rebellious and often our foolishness leads us into pain and suffering where the first thing we do is look at God and ask: “Why did You let this happen?!”.
Ahh, if only we had applied the commandments of the Lord and humbled ourselves before Him.
Praise God, He is merciful and compassionate.
He understands our wayward tendencies far better than we do.
That is why Jesus died and rose again; to make a way for us to be saved.
It’s a wonderful gift, for those who believe on Christ Jesus.
We have eternal salvation, as well as redemption here on Earth, for Jesus gave us His Word to instruct our wayward hearts, that we might know those things which are right and good.
Although, the New Testament is full of practical truths, after the Passover Supper Jesus’s last instructions before He was to be taken into custody are profound.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:15 KJV (The whole chapter is excellent.)
Let each of us choose to love the Lord Jesus with all our hearts and walk in His commandments, for God gave them to us,
“for our good always,”
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your boundaries, Your instructions, Your commandments. Lord, please help us to remember they are for our good. That You know what is best and following Your laws brings us blessings. Lord, please help us to remember that chosing rebellion is choosing heartache, suffering, and tragedy. Sin separates us from You and only in You do we find love, patience, peace, goodness, faithfulness, and selfcontrol. Lord God, You alone are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. I praise Your holy name, Jesus! Amen.