Lately, I’ve been reading the book of Deuteronomy and Isaiah. The book of Deuteronomy consists of Moses warning to Israelites to continue following God’s laws in the land they were to inherit. And, in The book of Isaiah, the prophet was sent years later to warn and prophesy to the Israelites- who had not continued following God’s law.
So, that got me to chewing on this topic this week, but I couldn’t find or type the words to express my feelings on it. And, to answer the question that it is the title of this blog post. I’ve come to the conclusion that God’s instructions (aka laws, commandments, and rules) are a blessing.
To think God’s creation started with just one rule onto Adam ‘not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’. But, when that serpent convinces Eve that the Lord couldn’t possibly mean what He said; sin was born into the world. Therefore, God had to pronounce His commandments; because of our sinful nature.
The bottom line is, God is the Creator. How often we discount His wisdom and doubt that He would ever know what’s best for us. That the God who created the Earth, and people- wouldn’t be wise in how His creations should live. That the all-knowing God wouldn’t be able to predict the dangers of sin, in our lives. We have got start giving God more credit.
Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 12:28 NKJV
Our Father wants for us to soar. He knew the heavyweight that sin places on us. The fact is that it will never go well with us if we don’t adhere to God’s instructions. We will never truly be satisfied if we are leading a life that is counter-active to God’s laws. God knows the best thing for His creations’ are His instructions.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV
God gives us free will, meaning we have the choice to see God as our God, or not recognize Him at all. You can either bless God with your free will by living a life that is pleasing to God. Or, you can curse Him with your rejection of Him and His instructions.
Non-believers seem to believe Christians are hampered by their belief in God, and our decision to live a life that glorifies God. Because we consecrate ourselves and we don’t get involved with things that aren’t godly. They see their perversion of God’s gift of free will, as freedom. What they don’t seem to know is that their sense of freedom is bondage. The list of things they can do will only wrap the chains of sin, even tighter.
“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”
John 8:36 NLT
Only Jesus can set us free, and break the chains of sin. There is liberty in choosing Christ. My God’s instructions are not burdensome, they are just. I see them as Fatherly advice. I realize they exist because God knows sin is so destructive. And, He loves us far too much to witness His sons and daughters bound when He sent His Son to set us free.
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;
2 Corinthians 5:14 NASB
I’m saved, but there are a list of things I would like to continue doing, but they go against my God; so I bid them farewell. Pleasing God is much more important to me that temporal pleasures. I want to glorify God with my life; I can’t do that if I pick, and choose which of His instructions I choose to follow. And, most of all I want my name written in the Lamb’s book of life, I want to spend eternity with my God and Savior. So, I control myself, and I practice a little bit of self-discipline.
If you were ever burdened by God’s instructions I pray this post helped you to put God’s purpose for them in the proper light.
I love you, but God loves you more.❤️