Thankful for Boundaries

Imagine a football game where there are no sidelines, yard markers, end zones or rules for play that discriminate between right and wrong. Imagine a baseball game without a strike zone, without foul lines, base lines, or homerun fences. Imagine a race where there is no set direction for the participants to run and no start or finish line. Imagine a shooting range where there is no 'down range' direction and everybody just showed up and fired their weapons whatever direction they wanted to. You can apply this scenario to most any kind of sport and quickly realize that without boundaries and rules, there would be nothing but complete chaos and the games would be dangerous and ultimately meaningless.

 

This past Saturday morning I left the house well before daylight in a very dense fog. When I say very dense, I mean I could only see two striped lines in the highway in front of me, even with my fog lights on. I decided today to go out and measure just how far that was and discovered that the lines on my road are 30 feet apart and are six feet long each. That means I could only see 66 feet in front of me. Well, that may sound like limited but reasonable visibility, but at the posted speed limit of 45mph, 66 feet is the exact distance I would travel in just one (1) second! Think how little reaction time would I have had if there were a cow, a deer, another vehicle, a stop sign, or any other obstacle in the road that required immediate response?

Needless to say, even though I was traveling on the road I live on and am very familiar with, at this level of visibility, I could only drive about 20 miles per hour and that was probably too fast. I can honestly say that if it had not been for the freshly repainted dotted lines going down the middle of the road, I could not have made the short trip. All of my attention was on these two dotted lines because they were all I could see and they provided my only sense of direction. I was truly thankful that I could put my complete trust in the fact that they had been well thought out and strategically placed just for my safety in situations such as this. They were all I had to go by, and they were there to guide me safely to my destination when I could not see my way.

As I thought about what my drive would be like without the boundary lines, I could not help but think about how our culture is in a rapidly progressing movement to disregard, change or eliminate the rules and boundaries that God not only set for our protection and guidance, but also that have been the guide and principles upon which our great nation was founded. In fact, they were the rules God put in place to keep all mankind in right relationship with Him and with one another. These boundaries and rules were not put in place to take away our freedom, but to give us freedom. They were not commanded to limit enjoyment and fulfillment in life, but to help us live life to the fullest. They were not given to hurt us, but to protect us.

We can easily look at what is going on in the Middle East and other places around the world and see what life is like when God is removed and His commandments are violated, disregarded or unknown by the people. The results are complete lawlessness, horror, persecution, genocide, and absolute disregard for God and for others.

When we honestly look at ourselves and how far we have strayed as a nation, it does not take long to see that we too are rapidly moving away from God and are rejecting or ignoring the boundaries He set for us. We are trying to erase our history of faith in the one true living God. We are removing all the rules that He set for our own protection and that we have historically accepted and upheld which has led to America being the light on a hill for all the world to respect and to emulate. Even more devastating than trying to remove the boundaries and rules God set for us to live and to prosper, we are trying to remove God himself from our culture and the lives of our people.

Not every individual, but as a nation we have bought into the catastrophic belief that God (the very One who our money says is the One in whom we trust for all things, including our very survival) has no place in our government, in our military, in our schools, in the workplace, or even on the t-shirts we wear—and more and more, not even in our own homes and churches.

We have accepted the lie that God's Word is irrelevant and is even offensive and therefore should be eliminated from all literature, teachings, laws and life application. There are no moral absolutes—everyone just does what is right in their own eyes, though God's Word is full of absolutes. We have twisted God's plan for marriage and sexual relationships into what is clearly an abomination to God. We murder millions of innocent children each year by abortion and call it a woman's right to choose. What was once sin, is now just a mistake or a disease or disorder that we are not responsible for. The list of atrocities just goes on and on and it seems that there is no sign of repentance or turning back!

God, the One who has so richly blessed and protected our nation, loved us enough to send His only son Jesus to die for our sin and the sin of the world. However, having known and shared in His love and then to turn away from Him is worse than having never known Him at all. He said: "I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery." "The Lord said to me, 'faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah.'" (Jer 3:8, 11). It is better to have no faith in God than to have known His love and then choose to be unfaithful!

Jesus could have taken off just one Friday afternoon and came to suffer and die for our sins and pay the price for our salvation. However; He came to us for 33 years to show us the Father, the love of the Father, and how we are to live within the boundaries the Father set for us as we live in right relationship with Him and with one another.

Time is short. God is patient, but His patience will not last forever. Jesus is coming back soon and when He does He will judge the world. Today is the day of salvation. We must turn back to God before He takes His hand of protection and blessing from us. Those of us who know Him cannot keep Him and the gift of His Son to ourselves. We are commanded to go and tell.

I'm thankful for the life of Jesus and the Word of God that show us the boundaries to guide us safely Home! Hope I meet you there.




Devotions by Year

  • Even Bulls Can Learn To Get Along
  • Changed Minds
  • Today is the Day
  • Sometimes We See What's Not There
  • Why Do You Farm?
  • Misplaced Aggression
  • Feasting On Filler
  • 'Get Some Rest': Not As Easy As It Sounds
  • Lessons From Freddy
  • Just Tired and Reflecting
  • Safe Pasture
  • Sin: Just Like Fall Army Worms
  • Blood Cleanses
  • Just Cute Little Harmless Pups
  • Life: A Series of Pipping
  • Just Because He Loves Us!
  • No Excuses!
  • Oh! Now You Tell Me!
  • Live Like You Were Dying
  • But You Didn't Tell Me!
  • Time to Choose
  • A Gift for the Man Who Has Everything and Realizes That He Really Has Nothing
  • Celebrate the Harvest
  • Falling Stars
  • Easier To Lead Than To Drive
  • Weeds, Weeds, Weeds!
  • Grace Is Like Grits
  • We Can’t Do It ‘Ourselves’!
  • I Wouldn’t Make a Good Cowboy
  • What Are We Thinking?
  • Your Walk Talks
  • Activity is No Substitute for Reproduction
  • Who Would Have Ever Thought It?
  • Thankful for Boundaries
  • Cover It Up Or Fix The Problem?
  • What Will Your Legacy Be?
  • I Wish I Had Been There! I Wish I Had Not Forgotten!
  • If God Can Use a Dove....?
  • Hope In The Midst Of Hopelessness
  • I Don't Know You!
  • Like A Straddled Squirrel
  • Sounding the Alarm: This Is Not a Test!
  • Don’t Let The Urgent Keep You From The Most Important
  • We Never Know Who We Have In The Basket
  • Uh Oh--Jesus' Got Toothpaste On His Head!
  • A Moment of Silence is like Preg Checking a Bull
  • A Chicken's Right to Choose
  • Got to Leave Right Now! What Do I Take With Me?
  • He is Able—But if He Does Not!
  • Declarations of Independence: Properity or Destruction?
  • Blackie: One In A Hundred-In More Ways Than One
  • Who Is Holding On The Tightest?
  • That Must Have Been 20 Years Ago!
  • It's Almost Time
  • Keeping Me Awake At Night
  • Better Be Dressed
  • CHRISTMAS My Favorite Time of the Year
  • A Nation Without God is a Nation Without Hope
  • Bush Hogging During a Severe Drought?
  • When the Heart Dies—the Whole Body Dies With It
  • Depopulate and Eradicate (or) Expiate and Propitiate
  • If I Could Only Say One Thing and Had One Last Chance to Say It
  • Go Ahead and Jump Son—Daddy Will Catch You
  • The Final Dispersal
  • Chicken Piping—He Sees Them All
  • “Takes the Teeth Out”
  • Making It Harder Than It Is
  • HOPE IN THE PIT
  • Why Was He Born?
  • What to do when you don’t know what to do
  • A Dry And Thirsty Land Where No Water Is
  • If Only These People Will Change
  • Go Fishing—You Never Know What You Might Catch
  • Some Droughts are Preventable
  • Celebrating ‘True Freedom’
  • Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • Victory Through Surrender
  • Responding Like a Sick Calf?
  • Our Life’s Investment: A Time for Reflection
  • Preg Checking: Open! Bred! I Ain’t Sure!!
  • Confidence To Face The New Year
  • Two Virgins and a Baby—The Irony and the Gift of Christmas
  • Precious Moments in the Calving Pasture
  • Working On a Building
  • What is the Foundation of Your Faith?
  • To Walk on Water—You Have to Step Out of the Boat
  • Only One Life to Live
  • The Uniqueness of a Mother’s Love
  • A Prayer That God Will Always Answer
  • Lessons from a Boar
  • When You Have Done All You Can Do to Stand: Stand Firm
  • Lowing in the Distance
  • Not My Dirty Feet!
  • THE RICH FAMILY IN CHURCH
  • Where did it go CFCI devotional
  • The Day ‘Tater’ Died
  • Life’s Lessons from the Chicken Yard
  • RESOLUTION OR SOLUTION?
  • Christmas Choices
  • BROKEN CISTERNS
  • Experiencing God in the Calving Pasture
  • FAMILY: On and Off the Farm
  • Unity is More Than Important—It is Absolutely Essential
  • God, I’m not ______________. I AM!
  • The Rod and the Staff
  • The Good Shepherd Leads the Way
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Blessed to be a Blessing
  • Mama Should Have Named Me Martha
  • FENCES: On the Farm & In Our Lives
  • The Harvest Depends on the Heart
  • The Gospel & Our Response to God's Grace
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