Life is all about boundary's and the way we operate in them. When we live within God’s boundary we find peace and fulfillment, when we live out of bounds we find chaos, confusion and pain of every kind.
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe. I prepared for the trip by learning a bit of the language and customs so that I would “fit in.” But with all my preparations once I arrived, I quickly realized I was in a foreign land. Trying to live a godly life without trusting Jesus is like being in a foreign country unable to speak the language.
“The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Don’t be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” (Psalms 32: 8-9 NLT).
So what is the boundary of protection? Jesus said, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love.” (John 15: 5, 9-10 NLT). (Emphasis mine)
If we have trouble, illness or struggles in our life, does it mean that we are out side of the protective boundary. No not at all, we have the peace of God that keeps our mind and heart focused on the Lord. Evil will come against us, but will never triumph. Paul wrote:
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or are in danger or threatened with death? Even the scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day: we are being slaughtered like sheep” No despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”” (Romans 8: 35-37, Psalms 44:22 NLT).
When we purposely cross the protective boundary there is fear, disappointment, anger and strife. We question and blame God for our trouble and trials. When we live within the boundary, we find joy, hope, peace, encouragement and blessing of every kind, knowing if God has lead us to it, and he will lead us through it.
Are you living within the protective boundary's? Do you have peace in your life and peace with others? Or are you pointing the finger of blame because of your bitterness and discontent.