My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:11-12 NLT)
As a parent I can totally connect with this verse. Since I have more experience and a different perspective on things I can guide my children away from situations that would harm them.
We were having a work day at our church last weekend and I went upstairs to find my 6 & 7 year old daughters walking out on the roof by themselves! Naturally, I was a bit concerned and told them they needed to come down right away. My youngest looked at me, and in all sincerity asked "What's so bad about playing on the roof, Mom?" To you and me, that seems like a no brainer, but from her perspective I am just killing all the fun. Do you ever feel like God is always telling you no, or that the Bible is just a book of rules that take all the fun out of life? Why did he have to make all those rules anyway?
Can I tell you that God's perspective is so much higher then ours. He wants only the best because He loves us so much. His way is ALWAYS the very best for us. You can always trust Him.
“God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. (2 Samuel 22:31 NLT) (I would encourage you to read that whole chapter if you have a few moments.)
The entire chapter of Psalm 119 also tells us of the many benefits and rewards that come with following and loving the ways, commands, and laws of God.
Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. (Psalm 119:35 NLT)
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105 NLT)
They are there for our benefit- to give us the best possible chance at a rewarding life filled with joy.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me [Jesus]. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. For My way is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:29-30 (MSG/NLT)
If someone had a map that could lead you safely through a minefield, you wouldn't attempt to make your own way. But in this life that is so fraught with pitfalls and dangers, we are bound and determined to do things our own way. God is holding out the map- the Bible is our guide. We just need to learn how to read it. His way is not a burden. He can see what is coming at the end of each path- the consequences of each choice and all the consequences after that. His ways do not always make sense, they are usually not the most not be popular, but it will always be the very best. Not just for right now, but for eternity.
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