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God-Honoring 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…” 2Sam. 12:13-14 (NKJV)

About 9 years ago my wife Carol and I were 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 was interesting to have a 2-year old child in our home again.  Everything seemed to draw her like a magnet — she was intrigued and therefore felt the need and desire to explore further.  As with every child, there needs to be boundaries set for their own protection. Unfortunately, Esther didn’t quite understand the part about it being for her own protection, and as such, she tended to probe those fence lines and violate the boundaries that had been set.  

She was in a steep learning curve, and there were times when she was willing to submit to authority, and surrender her will.  And then there were the times where we could not persuade or detour her from doing the things she knew to be wrong.  When this happened, all of us were faithful to correct her and explain why she could not do what she was adamant in doing.  Again, there were times when she would receive this, and other times when she threw a fit.  

Now we all know this behavior is to be 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 willfuly?  But if we are going to be honest, then we would also have to 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.  

Understanding this truth, we would be wise to set boundaries honoring to God; choose to abide in His word, and be on guard against the wiles of the enemy.  I want to encourage you to think and pray 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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Prayerfully consider your choices prior to acting upon them. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me safe boundaries for living my life. Show me every area where I am in an unsafe area with respect to my actions or thoughts. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


May the Lord bless your day abundantly, Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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