Old Testament: Genesis 45:16-28
Morning Psalms: Psalms 119:97-120
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Gospel: Mark 6:13-29
Evening Psalms: Psalms 81, 82
Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me.
Psalm 119: 97-98
Psalm 119: 97-98
It was ages ago when I learned to drive. I remember a discussion with my father about the laws we were all expected to follow. Why did we have to creep along at 25 miles an hour when we were obviously the only ones on the street and it was wide and straight? Why did I have to come to a complete stop at a stop sign? Why did I have to yield to the traffic already on an interstate highway when coming down an on-ramp - couldn’t they just move over?
My dad patiently asked: What if a child suddenly ran onto the street in front of us; a drunk driver came screaming through the intersection before we even saw him coming; or the person on the interstate couldn’t get over because of traffic in the other lane? He said the people who wrote those laws weren’t thinking about our convenience but were concerned about what was best (safest) for us and for those around us. What seemed obvious to me was filtered by my failure to see the bigger picture.
As I think about the commandments of GOD, I see a parallel to my discussion with my father. Just because I have the freedom to do and act as I wish, that doesn’t mean I am doing what is best for me or for others. I may not be considering all aspects of my actions.
Fortunately, GOD does see and know all and he has given me laws to protect and guide me. I just need to pay attention to HE who is wiser than me.