Rule-Keeping is Not God’s Way

Rule-Keeping is Not God’s Way

The purpose of laws is to keep us in right living. The problem with laws is that it puts our focus on the law itself rather than on following God. We were never meant to be on autopilot, following laws with no regard to listening for God.

What God did through the life and sacrifice of Christ renders worldly laws, rules, and systems futile as they are devised with the intention of getting by through our own efforts. We are called to a higher way of living. We are called to wait in faith for God’s guidance in all the affairs of our lives.

Before Christ we communicated to God through a mediator. After Christ we are able to communicate directly to Him. We can trust in His guidance, through our active work of waiting for His direction.

If such is the case, is the law, then, an anti-promise, a negation of God’s will for us? Not at all. Its purpose was to make obvious to everyone that we are, in ourselves, out of right relationship with God, and therefore to show us the futility of devising some religious system for getting by our own efforts what we can only get by waiting in faith for God to complete his promise. For if any kind of rule-keeping had power to create life in us, we would certainly have gotten it by this time.

Galatians 3:21-22 MSG

Considerations for your planner:

  • Reflect on a time that you listened to God and gave the burden of outcome to Him. Write this time down. Could you use this reflection to inform how you trust God for your current circumstances?

A Prayer for Our Community:

Father, Help us to be better at waiting. It is in the waiting that we are grown to trust You more. We want to trust You for everything. Teach us how. Help us to learn Your way is the best way. We do not want to proceed in the way the world does things. Elevate our thinking and abilities to Your ways. Amen.

- Anonymous

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