“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them. I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.” Psalm 119:45-48
God’s Word gives freedom.
That actually may seem the opposite to some, because many people think that the Bible is restrictive. They view the laws and precepts that God has given as hampering them from doing what they want. And perhaps in some ways that’s true. But it comes down to which is better, doing what we want or doing what is best.
As parents, we give our children restrictions because we know the dangers. We tell them that they can’t play in the street. We give them food that’s healthy, not candy and cookies all day long even if that’s what they want. They get examinations and sometimes shots when they go to the doctor. We take them to the dentist. They have tests at school. It’s not to hamper their lives. It’s because we want to protect them. We want them to have their best lives. We want each of our children to have the freedom to live a long, joyful, healthy life.
God is our Father. He wants what is best for each of us too. He sees the dangers. He knows how we should live. He has given us His laws and precepts for our protection.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your precepts and laws. They restrain me from doing what is wrong and give me freedom to do what is right.