It’s so easy to look at the “do’s and don’ts” given by God as distasteful. The world around us tells us to “stick it to the man,” to “do what feels good,” to “follow your heart,” and to “be your own person.” While we all appreciate independence, and part of adulthood brings with it a freedom to make our own decisions apart from the authority of our parents, we as adults still have Somone we’re accountable to, because He loved us so much that He adopted us into His own family.
We must look to God for our direction in life. As people chosen and redeemed by Him, we are held accountable to what He has commanded. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, whine you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)
Gods commands were not given in order to keep us in bondage to a Higher Power – God’s commands were given both for His glory and our good. Keeping God’s law brings us health, joy, and a less complicated life. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.” (Psalm 19:7-9)
When we take a look at the Word of God, we quickly realize that if we follow what God has told us to do and not do, we’ll actually find much more satisfaction in life than if we just do whatever we feel like in the moment.
God is much like a parent. His rules are for our own safety, to keep us from accidental self-harm. A parent doesn’t tell their child not to play with the electrical outlet in the wall because the parent doesn’t want their child to have a toy to play with or because they are against the idea of their child exploring the world around them. A parents tells their child not to play with the electrical outlet because the parent loves their child and doesn’t want them to get severely injured or killed by the dangerous current that the parent know last is found just inside the outlet. They know that improper handling of a good thing – electricity – has terrible natural consequences. This parent isn’t against their child having fun or learning something new. In fact, the parent provides safe, fun toys and various educational materials that allow their child to play and explore safely. If the child only focuses on the forbidden outlet rather than all the good toys provided nearby, the child will be miserable. If the child trusts and obeys their parent, the child will both stay safe from harm and enjoy everything provided for them to enjoy.
Remember that God is our loving Father, and obey His commands joyfully, knowing how much He loves us. His commands are given to set us free from desires that lead to ruin, not to bind us in slavery to a Higher Power. “For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30) God is our perfect heavenly Father, and we must trust and obey Him, knowing that His commands are both for our good and His glory.