Earlier this month while doing my daily devotion I came across a scripture that has been stuck in my brain ever since. The scripture was Joshua 15:1-4. These verses in particular talk about the physical boundaries of the land that had been set for the people of Israel. However, God also showed me that boundaries don’t just have to be physical limitations in the natural, but that as Christians we should set boundaries in our spiritual lives.
Some people may consider boundaries to be a hinderance more so than a help, but in a spiritual sense, the boundaries are there as a safe net. God sets boundaries in our lives to help us stay focused so that we don’t venture off outside the will of God. I personally discovered this year that venturing outside of the God’s will can be very dangerous.
Everyone doesn’t handle “freedom” the same. Some people can handle it more than others, but for me I can’t have too much freedom. Too much freedom and I don’t know how to act. I pretty much take the freedom as my opportunity to do whatever I want without always thinking about the consequences. So God has to set boundaries for me. God will give us an opportunity to set some boundaries for ourselves. We all know as Christians that we have to be mindful of the things we allow to be part of our lives and what we expose ourselves to.
If we don’t set these boundaries for ourselves, then God will step in and do them for you. Case in point: before my accident I had lost all sense of boundaries in my life. I was doing a lot of things that went against my morals and yet I continued anyways. I found the more I did it, the less I felt guilty. It got to the point where it just became routine and I couldn’t even hear God anymore. When we step outside of our boundaries, in the beginning it may be something subtle. Often we may test ourselves just to see how far God will let us go before he snatches us back. “Well I got away with it this time” is what some of us may often say when we barely escape from trouble. (I would suggest however that we NOT play with God..EVER. But I’m not naive, it happens)
Once outside the boundaries we lose God’s covering and his mercy. We are no longer safe and the devil has full access to us. So the devil will put things in front of you to subtly entice you to step out a little further each time, until you find yourself out on a branch with nowhere to go. This is the story of my life for the last several months. I had subtly gotten so far away from God that I didn’t even notice until it was too late. My car accident was my wake up call, and God setting some pretty official boundaries that I couldn’t help but obey.
When my car accident first happened, I was very upset because I had become limited in what I could do. I couldn’t walk and I didn’t have a car. Both of these were my gateways to freedom (and my own self destruction). I hated the idea of being immobile and I felt “trapped”…or at least my flesh did. Now I can look back and it all makes sense. Flesh does not like discipline or order. God was breaking me down, I didn’t realize I had become rebellious in a sense by overstepping my boundaries.
Don’t despise the boundaries. They are God’s safe nets for your life. Boundaries help to establish order and God is all about order. When you’re a child of God, he will only allow you to go so far before he snatches you back up again. God doesn’t hesitate to give us a reminder of who he is and that he created us for HIS purpose; not foolery. After all, if God never chastised us, we would never know HIM, because when he chastises us, it’s to let us know there is a better way than our own; HIS way.