“You are good, and what you do
is good; teach me your decrees.” – Psalm 119:68, NIV
Michael went to live with his
grandmother when he was around four years old. She gave him one simple rule:
“Don’t run through my rose garden.”
Being young, Michael didn’t
listen. With all of the gusto he could muster, he took off running from one end
of the yard, straight into the rose bushes. He was quickly met with sharp,
pointy thorns. Since he was barefoot, one pierced his toe and another scratched
His grandmother came running
as soon as she heard his cry of pain. Looking at him standing there, she
carefully moved into the bushes with him. “This is why I told you not to do
this.” She gently chided as she pulled the thorn from his foot. “I wanted to
spare you the pain.”
It’s easy to understand why Michael’s
grandmother said what she did. She set boundaries—not to keep Michael from fun—
but to protect him.
The same can be said of God.
Sometimes, people will tell you that God gives His children decrees because
He’s mean or strict. But that’s not the case. In His wisdom and His love, He
warns us against running into what looks like an innocent rose garden.
God, when I’m tempted to sin help me to remember Michael.
Let me remember that there are consequences You’re protecting me from. Show me
how to walk in the way of Your decrees. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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