This morning I was reading from Psalm 119 and these word jumped out at me:
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
I delight in your decrees.
I will not neglect your word.
Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
Isn't that refreshing?! I think this is the perfect example of the difference between a Christian walk of faith and other religions. It is about the relationship I have with my Creator.
What benefits these decrees have! They keep us holy, protected, safe. It is not simply a list of decrees that He puts forth just to wield power over us. He acts in love.
He is the definition of love. My Father loves me enough to give me specific laws (i.e. ten commandments) to help me grow in my relationship with Him.
I give my own children rules of the house, guidelines for behavior and expectations of daily living. This is exactly what my heavenly father does. I don't make rules just for the sake of rules for my children (whew... that would wear me out!) Neither does he. He loves me as His own.
There is such beauty in surrender. Don't fall prey to the lies Satan whispers to you.
Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship. A beautiful relationship built on His love and sacrifice, and my trust and obedience.
Live it today!