UNDERSTANDING GOD’S BOUNDARIES
God’s boundaries helps to define and understand who we are. God knows who He is – He is God. He doesn’t pretend to be anything less, and He does not tolerate being treated as such. He boldly declares His Lordship and Sovereignty over all creation.
We need to know and understand who we are in Him. We are the children of God, set apart, the temple of God – 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15. And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty “
God’s boundaries is set to draw us nearer into a close and healthy relationship with Him. – Everything God has established, every perimeter He lays is meant to draw all people everywhere to Him. Acts 17: 26 – 27. “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27. That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:”
God’s boundaries does not control but offers choices to us – God has the power to make us follow Him whether we want to or not but He has not done that. He wants us to come to Him willingly. He forces no one. But He has made known that to follow him is to be blessed and not to follow Him is bad consequences.
God’s boundaries are clearly communicated with its reasons and expectations – God does not make His people guess what He expects of them. He does not assume that they would know. He also rarely demands something without explaining why. Instead, He lays out His expectations in details, and communicates them clearly, not once, not twice but several times, he explains His reasons and very often asks that the boundary be written down and regularly reviewed. God clearly defines the consequences of the violation of borders – Exodus 19: 12. “And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:”. Genesis 2: 16. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” He made it very clear to Adam in the garden – Eternal separation from Him if they disobey. The only way to avoid those consequences is to operate and be within God’s boundaries. Adam and Eve simply chose knowledge above perfection.
Boundaries don’t ensure that there is no violation. They simply lay out what will happen as a result. God’s boundaries are set genuinely for the purpose of our well-being – Gen 4 : 6-7 “And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7. If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” Biblical boundaries understand the dangers and vulnerabilities of unchecked borders therefore warns us so we don’t perish. God told Cain that sin is crouching at his door, eager to control him. Likewise we are warned so we don’t choose wrongly and fall into bad consequences.
God’s boundaries are set in love. Proverbs 3:11-12, 23:13-14 – All God does is because of the love He has for man. Proverbs 3: 11. “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12. For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
God’s love is amazing and unfathomable. Do you agree?