Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lawbreakers and Lovers

"Your law is my delight" (Psalm 119:77). Every one redeemed of the Lord should now find that their "delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law (they) meditate day and night" (Psalm 1:2).  Most people have standards that keep them from exhibiting behaviors like those seen in the Caylee Anthony case, child-molesting religious figures, Rupert Murdoch, terrorists, etc., etc. But delight in God's law? That's pushing things.

Most of us occasionally feel trapped, anxious, powerless, discontented if not poor, unloved, hopeless, lonely, judged, betrayed, tired, left out, or fearful. More and more people are feeling miserable every day. A lot of people seem as if they're just, well...cursed. We'd much rather experience freedom, peace, power, contentment, generosity, unconditional love, hope, loving and trusting marriages and relationships with family and friends, acceptance, rest, a positive outlook.

What if you knew that following God's law guaranteed you would experience these? That certainly would be delightful! I'm not saying that nothing bad ever happens, and neither does God in His word. If we're completely honest, we must admit that we sometimes bring this negative stuff on ourselves; and what other people choose to do is beyond our control. My experience has been that even in the midst of some pretty negative stuff, we can have peace, acceptance and all the rest to make life more than bearable...abundant, even!

How, you ask, do you get this, Deb?

Here's a little exercise to help ease your summer boredom. Get your Bible or and go to Exodus chapter 20. See if you can find mention of the things listed above. Keep in mind that each negative has a positive opposite. Really think about (meditate on) what's being said. Meditate a little more.

There is a law that supersedes all of these. That's right, it's the law of love. You'll find it in Deuteronomy 6:5 and again, spoken by the One Who fulfilled it in Luke 10:27. If you love the Lord, love Him more deeply. If you've never considered it, I pray that He and His law will become a delight to you.

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