" God’s laws are perfect. They protect us, make us wise, and give us joy and light." Psalm 19:7,8
Because of a tragic accident that took the life of 43-year-old runner Rosemary Bilquist on November 22, her husband of 21 years, Jamie Billquist, will spend this Christmas without the woman he so dearly loved. Sadly, Rosemary, who was known for her outsized generosity and acts of kindness, was killed while out walking her dogs around 5:20 that evening when a hunter mistook her for a deer and shot her in the hip. And while accidents certainly do happen, this one was totally avoidable. You see, it's illegal to hunt after sunset in the state of New York. And had the hunter heeded the law put in place for peoples' protection, he would have clearly seen that his target was not a doe.
You know when it comes to our protection, the laws that you and I may think keep us from having fun are actually the very ones that God has put in place for our preservation. You see, shame, regret, divorce, abuse, health problems, and preventable diseases are all some of the results of living outside of God's ordered design. His "perfect" laws and precepts, though, actually serve to "make us wise", or guide and point us in the right direction to avoid unnecessary pain and trauma, and to give us the "joy and light" that right living brings.
Greg Simas says it this way, "When we follow the laws and commands in God’s Word we come into alignment with how the Creator has designed us to live." And when we are in alignment with the Father, we can see that His laws aren't shackles for our feet but lights for our path.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word that clearly tells us that living by your moral code actually gives us the freedom to really live with joy and avoid the painful consequences that sin always brings. Help us to gain a hunger for your Word that we might know it and use it as a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths. It's in your precious name we pray Jesus. Amen.
Thy Word - Amy Grant