Not TO us but FOR us

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22).

I once heard someone speak dismissively about the 10 Commandments. They thought they were just a bunch of random rules.

It got me thinking about how the wisdom and commands of God are not something he does TO us but FOR us.

For example, let’s imagine a world where all of God’s people actually observed the 10 Commandments. It would be a world…

–where people were faithful to their loving and rescuing Creator
–where people always put God first and weren’t duped by lesser priorities and loyalties
–where everyone respected God’s name and used it with dignity
–where all people took one entire day each week for worship and rest and refreshment
–where parents and elders were truly honoured
–where murder and violence were things of the past
–where wives and husbands were unwavering in their faithfulness and commitment to one another
–where no one stole from anybody else, so much so that we didn’t even need to lock our doors
–where no one spread lies or gossip, but where truthfulness reigned supreme
–and where everyone was content with what they already had because they deeply trusted in a God who provided for their needs

Wow. Can you imagine a world like that? It would be breathtakingly beautiful!

Let’s be thankful, informed, and eager to embrace a way of living which values God’s good design.

The wisdom and commands of God are not something he does TO us but FOR us.

By Matthew Ruttan

LATEST BLOG: “Tradition vs. Traditionalism.” (Dec. 3, 2020) That’s my latest post for a tradition-rich month. You can read it here. Reading time is under 2 minutes.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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