“We can no more be said to live unto God unless He be the rule and measure of all our ways.” – William Law
Rules, regulations, requirements, and restrictions. They are all part of life. Every entity and organization has expectations, limitations, and consequences to the prescribed order of their operation. Without rules there is utter chaos and I for one need guidelines and boundaries to help clarify my responsibilities. If this is true for the secular, it is certainly true for the development of the spiritual.
All of Scripture, and all of life, follow this pattern. It is certain, we need rules. They keep us safe, they protect us; they are given for the well-being and security of life. However, there has to be more in the spiritual journey than a long, laundry list of do’s and don’ts. If we are keeping rules for rule’s sake, we have missed altogether the joy of devotion. Devotion certainly includes those things, but it only includes those things as a byproduct of something deeper: a hunger and thirst to live, know, and experience the presence of God in our daily lives.
You see, God has not just called us out of darkness (the rules); He has called us into His marvelous light (the relationship).
Daily Reading: 1 Samuel 18-20
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