Day 295: Commands (Jeremiah 7-8; 1 Timothy 2)

“Obey Me, and then I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must walk in every way I command you so that it may go well with you.” -Jeremiah 7:23

So often, we tend to think of God’s commands as a list of rules, a series of do’s and do-not’s that leave us wanting to hide in a corner, away from guilt and shame and pressure to perform. But you know what? That’s just the enemy’s perspective of God’s commands – he wants to confuse us and create doubt in us, just like he did to Eve in that garden. He wants us to believe that God is being overbearing, over-controlling, laying heavy burdens on us that really aren’t fair, or that He’s withholding good things from us. But that couldn’t be the furthest thing from the truth.

I once heard Francis Chan put it this way (paraphrase): “We often think, Wow, God’s commands are too strict. Like seriously, He’s harsh. But if we really examine what He commands us to do, it’s things like, Don’t lie or cheat on people. Don’t steal. Don’t hurt people. Gee, what terrible commands – we actually have to treat people nicely!”

The sarcasm in his last sentence really opened my eyes to the wrong perspective I often have of God’s commands. His commands are always intended to bring life to us and to the people around us. They are intended to bless, to benefit, and to help us live beautiful lives.

So Dearest, are you with me? Let’s take back a love and admiration for God’s commands, instead of hiding from them.

// This article was originally written by Kimmy Miller for TirzahMag.com

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