“For Our Safety”

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”– I John 5:3

Seatbelts. Handcuffs. Safety harnesses.

All of these are restraints. They are all for our safety and the safety of others.

They keep us from getting hurt, hurting ourselves, or hurting other people.

There is another aspect and that is the relief which comes when we know we have those restraints. They don’t give us a freedom to be foolish, but when we ride down the road, we can do so with a little more peace of mind knowing we are wearing our seatbelt.

Society rests a little easier when the bad guy is restrained in cuffs. The guy who changes the light bulb on the cell and TV towers can breathe a little easier while he works knowing his safety harness is hooked up.

This is God’s design for His commandments and His law.

Sometimes they are restrictive. Sometimes they are uncomfortable. But, they are for our own good and in place to keep us from getting hurt, hurting ourselves or hurting others.

They also give us an element of freedom to live freely for Him and to accomplish what He has planned for us.

There are a lot of strong men in the Bible, and Samson has to be the strongest. Yet, he openly ignored God’s restraints, and paid a heavy price for it. He had to learn a valuable lesson the very hard way. When we ignore the restraints voluntarily, there is a cost, and that cost can be very high.

 

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