Daily Devotion, 09/25/2018, “Fences and Freedom”
James 1:25 NIV
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
All that separates the playground at Moss Bluff Elementary from Highway 378/Sam Houston Jones Parkway is a sidewalk, ten feet or so of grass and a black, metal fence. Because the fence is there, the children have the freedom to run and play in relatively close proximity to the busy roadway. If the fence were not there, the teachers would keep the students much closer to them and to the building. While the fence does not allow the children the freedom to run into traffic, it does give them the freedom to play in a much larger space than they would be allowed to if the fence wasn’t there.
It’s much the same with the commands, moral standards and basic life principles of scripture. They provide fences and boundaries that protect us while also giving us the freedom to enjoy the blessings of God. For example, “the perfect law” says that I am not to commit adultery or even to covet or lust after another helps protect my two sons, my reputation, Sharon’s heart and so on. It also provides me with the blessing of a happy home, a treasured bride and a blessed peace few enjoy in marriage these days. This “fence” both protects and provides. It limits my freedom to do that which is dangerous and destructive while enhancing my freedom to do that which is blessed and life giving.
May you look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continue in it, not just hearing what it says, but doing it. To the extent that you, the blessings of God will surely follow.
You are loved!