Seeing Significance: God’s Commands
“God’s commands are given for two good purposes: to protect us from the destructiveness of sin and to direct us into a life of joy and fruitfulness. We have a wrong perspective if we only view God’s commands as restrictions in our lives. Instead, we must realize that His commands are guidelines, given so that we might enjoy life to the fullest.”
I’ll be honest and say that I used to read Psalm 119 and think that the person or persons writing it sounded like a giant suck-up.
I shall delight in Your commandments,
Which I love.
And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments,
Which I love;
And I will meditate on Your statutes. –Psalm 119:47-48
A few weeks ago though, I was pulling into my driveway after a time of prayer and I very sincerely was telling God, “I love your commandments.”
Why? For these very reasons. I see the benefit of His parameters and know it’s His love and grace that leads me on this path. Without His love, relationship, and following His commands and heart–I would be sunk, bound up, and headed for disaster.
Do you have trouble believing God’s commands are beneficial or do you see them as restrictions? Why or why not?
I am currently rereading The Search for Significance by Robert McGee (disclosure). It’s an incredible book about “seeing your true worth through God’s eyes.” I have written several posts previously if you’d like to check them out, but it’s just a quote of a sentence or two and a simple discussion.
I hope you’ll share your thoughts and experiences!