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Setting Boundaries

So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”  And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.  However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme…” 2 Sam. 12:13-14 (NKJV)

My wife Carol and I have recently been blessed to have our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter stay with us for a couple of months.  They needed to leave their previous apartment due to some plumbing issues, and could not find another place on such short notice, so we opened up our home and moved them in with us. 

It has been interesting to have a 2 year-old child in our home again.  Everything seems to draw her like a magnet—she is intrigued and therefore feels the need or desire to explore further.  As with every child, there needs to be boundaries set for their own protection.  Unfortunately, Esther doesn’t quite understand the part about it being for her own protection, and as such, she tends to probe those fence lines and violate the boundaries that have been set. 

She is in a steep learning curve, and there are times when she is willing to submit to authority, and surrender her will.  And then there are the times where we cannot persuade or detour her from doing the things she knows to be wrong.  When this happens, all of us are faithful to correct her and explain why she cannot do what she is adamant in doing.  Again, there will be times she will receive this, and other times where she throws a fit. 

Now I know this behavior is totally expected with young children, but we tend to have a different view of this type of behavior in older children, or grown up’s for that matter.  After all, shouldn’t they know better than to usurp authority and act willful?  But if we are going to be honest, then we would have to also admit, we are those bigger kids and so-called grown up’s.  Don’t think so?  Just ask God.  We, much like little Esther, seem to test the boundaries set by our Heavenly Father, and we don’t always want to surrender our will.

But we must understand, God’s boundaries have been set to keep us safe, and from sin—even though the enemy would love to tempt us to believe otherwise.  When we sin, we not only hurt our own lives, but we often hurt others.  And we can also cause those who are not of the faith to blaspheme the Lord, as they witness the hypocrisy of our Christian walk. 

My good friend Greg wrote me an email this week, while on vacation—encouraging me to set safe boundaries, and to remain on guard.  In this email, he gave a great analogy of how we can find ourselves navigating our course in life poorly.  Greg wrote—

“My family and I have been blessed with a vacation at a resort in Newport Beach.  The first couple of days here have been clear and beautiful, so much so that we could see beyond Catalina and see San Clemente Island in the distance.  Well, last night the fog came in and now we can’t even see the water.  It’s a reminder that we can allow things of this world (stress, lusts, sickness, materialism, you name it) to put us in a fog and all of a sudden we have lost our clear view of our Lord and Savior.  Then we start navigating on our own, and when we start doing that we can get lost, fumble around, or only look in the here and now instead of the distance of eternity.  God, help us to keep our bearings upon You and You alone! “ 

Understanding this truth, we would be wise to set boundaries honoring to God; choose to abide in His word, and be on guard.  I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Samuel 12:13-14, what did the prophet Nathan say would happen as a consequence of David’s sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to set safe boundaries to keep the enemies of God from blaspheming Him?

APPLICATION: Let’s prayerfully consider our choices prior to acting upon them.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for giving us safe boundaries for living our lives.  Show us every area where we are in an unsafe area, with respect to our actions or thoughts.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott




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