Necessity of Boundaries
And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is risky business. It's not for the weak hearted. The runs are dangerous and steep. They are tested by the ski patrol, dozens of warning signs are posted, and yellow tape block paths that lead to avalanche danger, loose rocks, or cliffs.
The Christian life is much like the terrain at Jackson Hole. There are plenty of marked runs and rugged terrain to keep the most adventuresome entertained and challenged, but there are also hazardous areas to avoid if we don't want to get hurt.
That's why the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit provide us with boundaries. They protect us by identifying life's harmful out-of-bounds areas; and provide freedom by keeping us unencumbered from sin and its consequences. That's truly what God was providing when he gave us the 10 Commandments. Open your Bible to Exodus 20 and re-read those with the concept of ‘boundaries" in mind.
"I now realize that the small hills you see on ski slopes are formed around the bodies of forty-seven year olds who tried to learn snowboarding."
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.