The Boundary-Setting Beauty of God – Day 68

by ggerhauser

In these first three days we learn that mixture is often in opposition to God’s Word. After God speaks, he separates. He separates the light from the darkness, the waters beneath from the waters above, and the waters below from the dry land. God creates distinct boundaries and without these boundaries there would be no beauty.

Sin may be defined as the crossing of boundaries: it is a trespass. We see this demonstrated in the book of Numbers. When Korah led a group to challenge Moses’ authority, he was crossing a God-given boundary (Num. 16). The earth opened its mouth and swallowed up Korah and his key followers. Later fire came out from the Lord and consumed another two hundred and fifty men who were influenced by the rebellion. Even Moses was not exempt from God’s dealings. Later when he struck the rock twice (rather than speaking to it) he crossed a God-given boundary. Consequently, the Lord did not allow him to enter into the Promised Land (Num. 20). Later on in the wilderness wanderings, the Israelite men commit sexual immorality with Moabite women. The Lord’s anger burned against them and a plague broke out putting twenty-four thousand to death. Crossing God’s boundaries creates death and disorder. Each person, family and community has boundaries––God-given limits of authority; when these limits are exceeded the beauty of God’s creation is lost.

God’s foundational work in our lives is to teach us those boundaries, the limits he sets. There is freedom in these boundaries, but outside of them is only bondage. Once we are saved God separates the light from darkness in our lives, he divides what is above from what is beneath and he gathers the waters so that the ground of our life brings forth fruit.

Prayer: Father, give me eyes to see the beauty of your boundaries. Let me value them and not fight against them. And may I accept your work in me of separating the light from the darkness, that which is above from what is beneath and that which is transiant to that which is solid. In Jesus mighty name.