In the beginning God Created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:1-2 NIV
I can only imagine what the earth would look like formless, empty, and dark. As the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters of the deep, He set the first boundary in history. He spoke light into the world and then separated it. He said, "Let there be light" and after He saw that it was good, He separated it from darkness. He also separated water and sky, He told the ground to be gathered to one place and separated it also from the water. He told Adam that he could eat from any tree in the garden, EXCEPT the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. On and on throughout the entire reading of scripture, it is evident that our God is a God of boundaries, or conditions if you will. His love is unconditional, that's undeniable, but if we are to have a deep, intimate relationship with Him, we must understand that there is a give and take and God cannot be the only one giving.
From the beginning, God set boundaries in order to protect and to ensure our safety. It is so amazing to think about how much thought He put into creating the world, or how much thought He put into creating us. Think about every organ in your body. He was mindful of how you would be formed. We are very special to Him. If you thought otherwise, you would be believing a lie.
There are some things that I would like to go over with you these next few weeks. God is calling us to set boundaries in our personal lives and it's not going to be easy. There are certain habits that we've formed and ways of thinking that need to be addressed. Believe me, going through this journey myself has been pretty painful but it's so worth it.
If you feel like your life is out of control and you keep saying yes when you really want to say no or you give in to those temptations when you really know you shouldn't, embark with me on this journey to freedom!
Until next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you!
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
If most of us were honest with ourselves, we would admit to having the habit of going through the motions of life more often than not. Days turn into weeks...weeks turn into months and then out of nowhere, we have that occasional "light bulb" moment. We gain a new perspective at life and then strive to do better, only to find ourselves back in the place of just going through the motions. It takes great strength to live life. We aren't promised that the ups and downs will stop. One day we could be on an all time high and the very next day we've lost someone very dear to us, or we get a phone call from the school about our child's behavior and in floods the worries and the cares of life.
Just the other day, I was reading in Ecclesiastes about the vanity of life. As depressing as that sounds, it gave me a new and fresh perspective about my life. Matter of fact, it was very sobering to read. King Solomon had everything he could ever want and more. In the end-- he knew that nothing could satisfy him, EXCEPT God! Even wisdom did not satisfy him and King Solomon was the wisest man on the earth. At the very end of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 12 He writes, "Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!" Why? Because without God, this up and down thing would be so exhausting and meaningless.
See, life isn't all bad. There are so many gifts and blessings that come our way. Just breathing and waking up each morning is a miracle.
The point that I want to make is this:
If we will keep our eyes focused on the Lord at all times...acknowledging He is right beside us every step of the way, we will not be shaken when faced with all of the many surprises along the way.