Monday, August 17, 2015

Are You Breaking the Law?

By Andrea Merrell

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
Psalm 19:7 NIV


What comes to your mind when you hear the word law? Most people probably think of cops, speed traps, and traffic court. Others might envision judges in long, black robes and prison bars. It’s all in your perspective.


 But what about God’s law? Some might imagine a hard taskmaster who throws out random, nearly-impossible-to-keep rules, while looking for ways to sidestep or duck under His radar. Not a good idea.

In Psalms we are told, The law of the Lord is perfect. That’s hard to comprehend if we’re looking at it from a negative point of view. Let’s compare God’s law to the laws of gravity and aerodynamics. These are two governing forces of nature—also set in place by a wise and loving Father for our benefit—and they are always in operation. You can ignore or deny their existence, or learn how to work with them.

Most of us understand what happens when we try to defy the laws of gravity. And pilots know how to correctly use the laws of aerodynamics. When we work with these laws, we succeed. Trying to work against them can end in disaster.

It’s the same with God’s law—His living, all-powerful Word. This is a force set in place from the foundation of the world … again, for our benefit. When we try to ignore or deny this powerful force, we lose. But when we recognize and embrace God’s law as His gift of love and protection, we win—every time.

(Photos courtesy of morguefile.)

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