Wide open spaces

Date: Monday, June 30

ScripturePsalm 119:41-48

Verse: I will walk around in wide-open spaces, because I have pursued your precepts. (Psalm 119:45)

Have you ever seen a dog released from the house into the backyard? Running wildly. Finding the toys. Barking at birds. Exploring the yard. This is canine joy! As a dog-owner it is so much fun to watch, but only if you know your pet knows the boundaries. Some are well trained to stay in the yard. Others have an invisible fence, which has taught them where the line is they are not to cross. Others need a physical fence to keep them from running out into the street where there is great danger. There is freedom in the wide open spaces of the backyard, but there are boundaries which keep our pets safe. 

As we begin this week of devotions on the freedom we have in Christ, we read today a portion of a psalm that gives thanks to God for the Law, God’s Instruction, which sounds like the opposite of freedom. But like a dog needs a fence, we too need boundaries. Following our every whim can be dangerous. Our being free doesn’t give us the right to oppress someone else or do another harm. There are always limits to our freedom. But when we stay within the limits of the boundaries God has set, we too have “wide open spaces” in which to play. 

God, like a good parent, sets boundaries for us. Like a child, we may not like them and may even see them as restrictive, but our Heavenly Parent is concerned for our safety. He gives us room for freedom, but also lets us know there are consequences to crossing the lines he has set. God’s Instruction fences in the backyard, but within it are wide-open spaces of true freedom!

Prayer: Teach me, O God, to love your Instruction, and the freedom it allows me within it. Amen. 

Action: Reflect on the laws and rules under which you live in our nation, state, town, HOA, etc. What purpose do they serve? How do they restrict/enhance your freedom? 

Respond: Why are there boundaries to our freedom? How have you experienced this as a parent? As a child? 

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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