We have a long driveway (275 ft.) About two-thirds of the way down, there is a tall cedar tree. Growing up, whenever we went out to play in the yard, or ride our bikes, my mom would say, “Don’t go past the cedar tree.” We could run and jump and play in that driveway all we wanted, but if we went past the cedar tree, we were in trouble!
My parents didn’t tell us not to go past the tree to spoil our fun. They told us to not pass it because if we were willing to break that boundary, then it wouldn’t be long before we were playing in the road.
Because as kids, we don’t always know the danger that could come from a situation. But as we grow, we learn where and when danger can come, and how to avoid it. If we were to play in the road, then we might be hit by a car. Our parents taught us not to do that by setting a boundary–a guideline, if you will–that we were expected to uphold. My parents love their children. They those boundaries to keep us safe and protected. Wouldn’t you want to be protected from something that could harm you?
In the same way, that’s what God does. He sets boundaries because He loves us and doesn’t want us to get hurt by the ways of the world. He doesn’t want us to get involved in harmful or unwise activities, because He knows how destructive they can be. He isn’t a killjoy. He isn’t cruel. He sees the big picture and wants to protect His precious children.
God gave us His Word to guide us in His ways. If we don’t read in His Word each day, then we can’t know what He says is right and wrong. We can’t follow His rules if we aren’t searching for them. We can’t know our boundaries unless we look for the boundaries that God has set. Once we stop trying to dance along the line God has drawn, and instead get as far back from it as possible, we’ll be able to experience the freedom, peace, and joy that God intended for each of His children to have.
This I say then, walk in the spirit and do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. ~Galatians 5:6