Proverbs Challenge | May 29, 2020
Key Text: “Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the Law.” Proverbs 29:18
“Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.” – Sir Douglas Bader
Like most of us who live in the land of 10,000 lakes, I love the water. There is something serene about the morning fog climbing off of the glassy still surface. When the setting sun hangs low over a lake, my soul is stilled. But the water can be vicious at times too. Crashing waves that accompany the spring storms are a tempest that any would fear. When the banks of a river spill over their boundaries, all can easily be wiped away.
In the same way, the limits created by the Law of the Lord are beautiful in their proper place, yet terrifying when transgressed. They either hold back or let loose. In all examples, God is the one who set’s boundaries. The Bible reminds us that God “assigned to the sea its limit so that it might not transgress his command” (Proverbs 8:29). And if you recall, God also provided the Law for His people. Both hold great blessings when they are in place and destruction when they are cast off.
See the commands of God differently. Do not believe the lies of the world. His ways do not restrict our good pleasure; instead, they enable it! Like the majesty of water in its proper place, people who adhere to the Law of God experience the blessings that come with it. The Psalmist rightly expresses this sentiment: “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (Psalm 119:97). Love God’s law like you love the beauty and majesty of a lake.
Dave Mergens, Pastor of Adult Ministry
Today’s Challenge: Think differently about the Law of the Lord.
Staff Insight: John LeVahn, Senior Pastor