My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. . . ~Proverbs 3:1-3, KJV
Sometimes there is confusion, even among believers, about obedience to God’s Word. We live in the age of grace, do we not? Yes. So, should I continue in sin, so that grace may abound? (Paul’s question, not mine). May it never be! (Also his words—Romans 6).
I’m thinking about God’s offer of peace—that I may live in peace if I maintain my hand in His. That equation requires obedience. I hear (and think myself) now and then about how we are not bound by “church rules,” and that’s true. We’re not Pharisees. But we are to be girded by God’s rules, because they were not given intended as chains, but as a hedge of protection.
Hear me here: I’m not hinting that if we dot all the ‘i’s’ and cross all the ‘t’s’ that God is then obligated to make our lives easy. He left us the book of Job to dash that illusion. But, as I’m gazing over the landscape of my past, I blush at how many times I’ve lived without peace because I’d neglected the ordinances of God. Disobedience has a price, and often lack of peace comes with the tag.
Walking in the wisdom of God requires me to put my hand in His, and in that grip there is peace. The question before us is this: are we hanging on to that generous offer, or have we turned our own way?