Our condo is two floors, with all the living space upstairs over the garage, so when you come in, you go upstairs. At the top of the stairs is a gate with a lock. This is a good thing, because Sam just started crawling and he heads for the gate all the time. So the rule is ALWAYS check the lock on the gate. Boundaries are good.
Why is it that we, as humans, have such a problem with boundaries? Isaiah said that like sheep, we have all gone astray. We’ve turned every one of us to our own way. We don’t like boundaries. They feel like restrictions on our happiness. If I were just allowed to _____, I’d be happy, or so we think.
But God has put into place some clear boundaries for our protection. He does it because He loves us. If we all lived by God’s commandments, we’d have a peaceable and safe society. We’d live longer lives. But we rebel.
Many times when I talk to people who seem to have a belief problem, I sense that it isn’t really a belief problem at all, it’s an authority problem. It’s a disagreement with God’s boundaries. If I believe Him and take Him at His word, I’m going to have to adjust to His principles and precepts. Jesus asked Saul on the road to Damascus, “why do you kick so hard against the goads?” Like an ox who doesn’t want to be prodded, we rebel.
Ever wonder how much better life would be if we stayed inside the boundaries? It’s true on the road – that’s why the lines are there. It’s true in coloring books and standing in line for a ride at Six Flags. Maybe boundaries aren’t such a bad thing. Maybe, just maybe, God means them for our good!
And when we stray outside the boundaries, or better yet, try to punch right through them? Bad things can happen. Just ask Beau, our dog, who excitedly bounded up the steps after we came in for a walk. When he got to the gate, his little doggie mind decided to just punch right through and… he got stuck.
Disclaimer: No animals or children were harmed in the production of this blog post. Beau is doing just fine in the gate. We feed and water him there each day…