Thoughts on Deuteronomy #4 — Walk in the way

28th November, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Moses told the Israelites: “Do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the LORD your GOd has commanded you.”  (Deuteronomy 5:33)

Rules and laws aren’t popular with people. Some people think they are too restrictive. “How can I have fun, enjoy life, be happy, if I have to obey God’s laws?”  Moses’ words in Deuteronomy say just the opposite. He reminds the people that God promises prosperity and long life to those who stay on the right way.

When my children were small, I would read the storybook Tootle the Train.  At one point in the story, the little train jumps off the track into the grassy meadow. The train is happy smelling the buttercups and daisies. The songbirds flit around him as Tootle dances and laughs. Everything is happy until Tootle realizes that his wheels get stuck in the grass, and he can’t move forward.

Tootle didn’t like the restrictions of the tracks, but after time in the meadow, he realized that real freedom was running on the tracks. Quickly Tootle hopped across the grass onto the tracks and took off smiling. The tracks that he had wanted to run away from were the way he could be most fullybe the train he had been created to be.

God’s laws are like railroad tracks. Though they may feel restrictive, they actually keep us safe and give us the opportunity to be who God created us to be. So, thank God for His gracious law and be careful to do all that the LORD God has commanded.

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