Obedience to God helps keep you safe
People go to the beach to relax and get away from the hassles of everyday living.
We are no exception. But, on our most recent trip I realized that no matter where you go there is something that can hurt you or make you uncomfortable in this world. So, knowing the hazards of the beach ahead of time helps prepare you for potential problems.
In order to enjoy your time in the sun you have to be prepared with ice chests full of bottled water, and umbrellas that don’t fall down with a sudden gust of wind. You have to stay away from areas with undertows and jellyfish, wear sun hats, sunglasses and beach shoes, and cover your body with a good sun block. It’s also important to get out of the sun during the hottest time of the day or you’ll shrivel up like burnt bacon in 20 minutes.
When in the city you should know which areas to avoid traveling through. You must follow the rules of the road; and learn to fight your benevolent impulse to pick up hitch-hikers.
Good intentions have gotten many of us in serious trouble. Especially after dark, it is not wise for a woman to go places alone. In the city it’s also a good idea to lock your cars and homes whether you are at home or not. You should carry a phone, choose a ‘safe’ low-crime neighborhood with a nearby school for your kids, and be careful who you decide to invite into your home. Rape, murder, kidnapping, theft, motor accidents and bodily injury are common daily events in heavily populated cities.
The same rules don’t apply in the country as they do in metropolitan areas. As a rule, county folk use guns to hunt and defend themselves against attacks; they don’t use their guns to hurt innocent people. Yes, there are poisonous snakes and spiders hidden in the grass and in debris, but critters don’t hit you over the head or shoot you to steal your possessions. In the country, if you watch where you’re stepping, carry a big stick and wear boots and gloves when you need them, you’ll be alright.
The fact that the world is a dangerous place is evident by all the warning signs.High voltage! No swimming! Dangerous undertow! Do not touch. Hot! No crossing at intersection! Wear gloves when handling cactus! Dangerous Curve!
We are warned of danger from those who learned what not to do the hard way. Submitting to someone else’s authority is difficult, but far less painful. Submitting comes a lot easier once we learn by trial and error that it is for our benefit to follow the rules.
Submitting to God’s authority is even more difficult for some people than submitting to the authorities of this world; but obeying God’s rules is of far greater importance. Obeying God is not supposed to be a burden and is not meant to keep us from having fun. On the contrary, God wants us to enjoy a long and prosperous life. He wants us to have good health and to be content. Obedience pleases God and will impact our life in amazing ways.
God’s objective in commanding obedience is to keep us from danger. You see, our deadliest enemy is hidden from our eyes and this enemy is after our most precious commodity. The threat is not merely to our bodies; the threat is to our very souls. And, God is the only one who sees what is lurking in the darkness and hidden from our eyes. But, to remain safely under God’s protection and guidance we have to know the rules and follow them.
Rules and regulations were established to protect us; therefore, it is to our benefit to find out what they are and then to follow them. Most of us are more than willing to heed the warnings that will keep us from coming to harm. Those who choose to do otherwise will usually suffer the consequences. However, the choice is always ours. We are free to do anything we want, although not everything we choose to do is beneficial.
It isn’t that we can’t disobey. It’s that we shouldn’t.