THE SUBLIMITY AND BEAUTY OF DIVINE LIMITATIONS AND DUTIES
*** PREFACE ***
There are people who feel that hearkening to God's word is too restricting. In many of these cases, I perceive that this is because they do not have the fear of the LORD. If they had the fear of the LORD, then they would automatically start departing from evil just like somebody pulls their hand back from a hot stove.
Without the fear of the Lord, a person is in incalculable trouble. They are disobedient and sinful because they do not fear God. Without the fear of the Lord, there is no wisdom and neither is there good understanding. When we fear him; however, we find ourselves changed and we praise him of a truth. Even the remembrance of his power to subdue us is cause for praise. God ruleth his household well; the subdued must surely know this.Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
For me, as the years have worn on, I have found a sublimity and a beauty and a refuge in obeying the divine limitations found in the word of God, the Authorized Version of 1611 of the holy Bible.
I did not grow up in the blessing of a Christian home, but after I became a Christian, my life began to change radically. Jesus was my Saviour from sin and his word was now my guide. I read his word to find out about him and his requirements. As I read day by day, I learned what I needed to do. By God's grace, mercy, and help, I began to follow God's word; and as I did, my outlook and preferences began to change.
This meditation is about the sublimity, grandeur, and beauty of divine limitations, the limitations found in God's word. God's word is the instructions for man's life. It shows us the boundaries, the limits, within which we are to live. Everything in creation has a form and limits--for instance, bees look like bees and act like bees according to God's laws for them. The same is supposed to be true for mankind. We look like people, but, unlike the bee, we do not live in accordance with God's laws for man. The first man, Adam, sinned, and after that sin was passed on to all his posterity, that includes every person born on the earth. Those of us that repent of our sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are able--and commanded--to live within the limits of God's word.
When we obey God's word, the Authorized Version of 1611 of the Bible, we eat of the fat of the land and we are where we are supposed to be and we are whole. Our Father in heaven knows precisely what is best for us--and when we keep his commandments, he provides it for us. By fear of the Lord we leave our sins, but we are not left with nothing to do; a new sort of life emerges and materializes and appears as we take our first wobbly steps in righteousness (even in the midst of this waste howling wilderness).
I have found a home and refuge in the limits of God's word, the place where I get divine guidance, counsel, comfort, courage, admonition, rebuke, correction, instruction in righteousness, and all that I need. In God's word, I learned how to physically make an earthly home where we eat homecooked food and have our own traditions and ways based on his word. I have found a satisfying way of life. God is a Father to the fatherless and when my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up (reference Psalm 27:10). That is great and fantastic news to a world full of broken homes and broken people who have been robbed and plundered and misused. Some people do not even know who their earthly father is, but when they get saved, no problem, they have a Father, a great one and a powerful, their Creator and their God.
The scriptures gave this once deceived person who was drifting with the wind (and making horrendous mistakes) limitations on what I could and could not do. As I went along, corrections were made in me one by one. I found life in the limitations. I have learned by precept and experience that there is no freedom in sin. In sin, there is only death, bondage, and harm. He that committeth sin is the servant of sin--just like a drug addict is the servant of drugs. When I was unsaved, all I did was drift from iniquity to iniquity, sin to sin. But once I repented of my sins, believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, and began hearkening to his word, the scriptures gave me moorings in this life to keep me from being carried about with the howling winds and lies of this world with people lying and deceiving me. Experience proves that my anchor, the Lord Jesus Christ, holds within the veil and keeps me steady no matter how distressing life can get. I also know that there is forgiveness with the Lord; I have been far from perfect. First John 1:9 and "Keep trying, don't give up," continued before me. At a later date, when I decided that I had prerogatives that I did not have, things grew dark and I picked up a habit. I saw that the flames licked high. I had to walk away from what held me bound because hell was too serious to dismiss. When I began to leave wickedness, I had a plan in front of me (plan: I followed the habits of someone normal, no discussions with the person). God then showed up in an extremely short period of time; there was no guessing as to whether or not things had turned for me, I could tell that they had. I just kept on going and I could discern that God was helping me. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom--and the fear of God will save your life. God is kind, loving, merciful, and patient. If you wander onto the path of the rebel, he will pull out all the stops to get your attention before you pass the point of no return, that place where he stops striving with you and allows you to burn forever with the tares.
In reflecting on this subject, I took some notes--From, "do what you feel like doing" to, "Thus saith the Lord."
Limitations are incredible, focusing, and life giving. There is a sublimity to limitations: being limited to doing what is right and thereby avoiding evil and the disastrous results of evil. Eating of the fat of the land is reserved to the man who fears God--that man keeps God's commandments because he fears God. He serves the Lord with fear and rejoices with trembling and then, as a result, he sees and feels the blessings of obedience. He loves the God that did this. His admiration for God and his power grows and deepens through the years.
The duties providedimension,
purpose to my life.
They have been learned "here a little, there a little".
The duties are always there, no matter what is happening--and even when one knows not what to do, the duties remain and provide framework for everyday life, e.g.,
- Anoint thine head and wash thy face.
- Work (Guide the house.)
- Love your spouse and your children.
- Serve others.
- Maintain good works.
- Desire to prophesy.
- Study to shew thyself approved unto God.
- Pray without ceasing.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Through the years I have often wondered how people could ignore the truth given the eternal consequences of a life of disobedience; but now I see that the answer is right in the scriptures...it is literally an abomination to these people to depart from evil--they will not leave it no matter what.Proverbs 13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.
John 3: 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Because of Adam's sin, all men are born sinners. In life, each of us children of Adam will settle into one of two groups--
disobedient to God, continuing to transgress his word.
obedient to God, following his word.
Those that choose to be disobedient choose evil. They hate the light of God's word. They will not have their deeds reproved and corrected. They will not have their ways changed. To them, the word of God is restrictive. They have evil things that they want to do.John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Those that choose to be obedient choose the fear of the Lord. They know that God is to be feared and his laws are binding upon mankind. They come to the light of God's word to be changed and be reconciled to God. They are leaving the transgression of God's holy and righteous laws. They deserve the wages of sin, but they are trusting in God's mercy through his holy child, Jesus.John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Each person hears the truth and makes a decision about which way he is going to go. In my case, when I finally understood about the Lord Jesus Christ being the Saviour for me and his word, the holy Bible, being the book for me, I read his word and, like someone going through a checklist, I began trying to align my life with the holy scriptures (I had the Authorized King James Version of 1611 of the Bible with no in-text references or center-column references). One of the things that the Bible told me was to strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able--I took that (and everything I read) seriously. In the midst of my imperfect efforts to align my life with his word, the Lord came in with that invisible part, his grace (God's favour and divine influence), and he mercifully helped me. That process has continued from that day to this day.
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