Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 24 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day nine with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free to follow God’s commands.
Free To Follow God’s Commands
“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.”
Psalm 119:32 (NIV)
What is your first reaction to hearing the word command? How do you feel about being told what you have to do? Are there times when it is easier to follow the commands of someone than at other times? Why? What role does love have in your willingness to follow commands? Do you tend to view rules as keeping you from doing things or as setting you free to do everything within their boundaries? What’s the difference? Would seeing God’s love within His commands help you to live free to follow them?
Most of us don’t like to be told what to do. We tend to resent commands, especially if we can’t see how they benefit us. We often even think of God’s laws as being a bunch of “Thou shalt nots” rather than being boundaries that set us free to obey. When we gaze into God’s perfect law, we find that it is His love for us that sets us free to obey His commands with a willing heart. As you pray, ask God to fill you with the presence and knowledge of His love. Pray that you would find joy and freedom in following His commands. Pray that your love for Him would make obedience a joy.