Moving the Bounds Is Still Out of Bounds

30. November 2006 Hosea 0

Text: Hosea 5:8-11 Theme: Redefining God’s boundaries is dangerous Key verses: Judah’s leaders are like those who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water. Ephraim is oppressed, trampled in judgement, intent on pursuing idols. (v. 10-11) What God said to me: Dwayne, since Adam and Eve, no one has taken very kindly to my boundary lines for them. The evil hearts of men make them want to adventure beyond my law and my standards. But it’s not the sheep that I hold most responsible. It is the spiritual, so-called “godly,” shepherds of my people. Some have tried to justify certain actions and attitudes. Somehow they think they can lead my people according to what they want and think is appropriate. They try to explain away my laws and precepts. What they don’t seem to understand is that those boundary lines can’t be moved. They are like guardrails protecting the traveler from dangers that lie beyond those stealy permanent fixtures. My laws were created out of my love for you and they are not up for debate or reinterpretation. What I said to God: Thank you, Lord, for reminding me today that your Word stands. Forgive us when we want to run off the road and dabble in forbidden areas. We are often intent on pursuing our idols. But those are completely off-limits. I choose to stay within the boundaries you have created for me today. Help me and my family be sensitive to hear your voice of protection and warning when we are tempted to cross or move the lines. I praise you for caring enough to keep me in line!