Reflection: Further reading: Romans 8:1-2; Psalms 119:9-11
I don’t always like the rules, but I know who I’m following. In parenting our children, my husband and I encourage them to follow a set of family rules. These rules are intended to set them up so they can make good choices as they grow towards independence and adulthood. And, because we love God and follow Jesus, they are formed by God’s word. Needless to say, our kids don’t always like the rules, or want to follow them – especially when we are not present to enforce them. However, we are praying that our relationship with our kids – the heart-to-heart connection we are working at developing day by day – will give them a trust and respect for us that will lead them to follow our rules, even when it’s hard. Our relationship with God is like this too. God has given us wonderful guidelines for life in his word. The Law was revealed by Moses and celebrated throughout the Bible (especially in the Psalms) and affirmed by Jesus’ teaching – which gives us still more guidance. Yet obedience to these teachings can be complicated! We may find the rules themselves difficult… but we are in relationship with God, and we can trust the one we are following. Also, we find that we cannot follow God’s law perfectly, even when we want to, because of our sinful nature. Yet as the apostle Paul teaches, God himself has delivered us from this, extending his grace towards us, and declaring us righteous because of Jesus – who fully met the righteous requirement of the law on our behalf. No matter how difficult we find it to live according to God’s good laws, ultimately, our life is about living in relationship with God, our creator, who in every moment acts with grace towards us, in love.
Question: Do you ever find following God’s commands burdensome? How does viewing them from the perspective of relationship with God help?
Prayer: Dear God, I know you love me, and want the very best for me. Thank you that you show me the way you want me to live. Please help me to trust you, and choose to live your way. Give me your strength to do so. Thank you for the grace and forgiveness you offer in Jesus, for those times when I fall short of obeying you. In his name I pray, Amen.