Obedience is not a word we all love. In fact, most of us likely cringe at the idea. Because along with the idea of obedience comes the issue of discipline. The two generally go hand in hand. If you don’t do the first, you’ll be exposed to the latter. But as the latter becomes less excessive, the first becomes something to be rebelled against. We want freedom! We can’t have freedom if we have to follow rules!
But what if, instead of rebelling against the very things that were intended to hold our society together, we sought to understand them? What if, instead of rallying against a perceived wrong, we learned the original intended purpose behind the law? Instead of spewing hateful rhetoric against the rules, what if we learned to love them?
Help me understand the meaning of your commandments,
and I will meditate on your wonderful miracles.
Psalm 119:27 (NLT)
Closed ears and open mouths make for a bad combination. We come up with our own ideas regarding rules and the law based on our own experience or the opinions of others.
Keep me from lying to myself;
give me the privilege of knowing your law.
Psalm 119:29 (NLT)
The writer of Psalm 119 uses phrases like: teach me, give me understanding, give me an eagerness, make me walk, turn my eyes, reassure me, help me. These are not words of rebellion, but of a longing to know and understand the meaning behind the law.
While we are no longer under the Mosaic law of the Old Testament, we the Church, are under the law that Christ gave to us—the law of love.
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:14 (NLT)
God’s law, as well as the laws of the nations (I reference here Canada and the United States), are not there to stifle us or bind us. They are there to set us free. It is a privilege to live under law for without it, there is nothing but anarchy.
For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.
Galatians 5:13 (NLT)
If instead of clinging to our own selfish and sinful desires, we would cling to the Word and promises of God, we would truly see the world change. The law of love that Jesus placed before us is not something we must follow, it is something we have the privilege of following. In love—and only in love—will we discover the freedom so many people are fighting to find.
Freedom is not in the eradication of rules and laws. It is in the complete submission and obedience to the will of God.
I will walk in freedom,
for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
Psalm 119:43 (NLT)
Binding ourselves to a law seems like an odd way to be free, but that’s the point.
Stop fooling yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you will have to become a fool so you can become wise by God’s standards.
1 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
Daily Bible reading: Psalm 119:1-48, 1 Corinthians 3