A school decided to take down the fencing around their playground. Even though there was now more space for the children to play, they wouldn’t go near the playground. At recess they stayed near the building.

It wasn’t until the school put the fence back that the children started playing on the playground again.

What happened?

It is because they felt safer with boundaries. Without the fencing they didn’t know how far they were able to go. They didn’t feel safe.

Children need boundaries.

As parents we set up their boundaries by giving them rules. We tell them what they are and are not allowed to do. We tell them where it is safe.

Within those boundaries our children are free to play. They know that they will not get into trouble or be hurt if they obey the rules that are set up for their protection.

Adults need boundaries too.

When we get a new job it helps us to know the rules of the company and what is expected of us in the position we fill. If we don’t know the company’s policy we would be afraid to make any decisions on our own. We’d be constantly asking our boss for instructions.

God gave us boundaries.

God knew at the beginning of time that we needed rules to live by. Adam and Eve had one rule. “Don’t eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”

They broke it.

Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, we all have inherited the sin nature and the consequences that come from violating God’s perfect standard.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12 KJV

Why did God give us these boundaries?

God gave us the law because of our sins. The law shows us our imperfections and is a map showing us our need for a Savior.

“What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. … Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” – Galatians 3:19, 24 NKJV

What can we do about it?

“Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.” – Romans 5:18 NKJV

Through Adam’s offense we are guilty but through Jesus righteous act of taking the punishment for our sins on the cross we are now free to follow Him.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” – John 3:17 NKJV

God’s law is not a prison. Once we have accepted God’s gift of salvation we are free to follow Him as dear children.
Without His perfect law, we would not know how to be like our Heavenly Father.

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” – Ephesians 5:1 NKJV

Have you ever felt comfort in boundaries? What boundaries have you struggled with in the past?

Please share with us in the comments.

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About Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness is a preacher's wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings, and writer. When she's not counting her blessings (or patiently waiting for them to find their shoes) she's writing about them at RockSolidFamily.com, encouraging and strengthening families.
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