by Carolyn Hittenberger
In all of nature God has set boundaries, structured limits to prevent the chaos that would result if each part of creation were left to find its own place, to decide at whim where and what would be its domain. Why then does man resent the guidelines so wisely and clearly marked for him in God’s Word? Of all God’s creation is man alone to live according to his own plan?
Jeremiah 5:22 (KJV) Will ye not tremble at my Presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it.
Unceasingly the sea strikes at its sandy boundaries and is drawn back again by an irresistible force. Sometimes it seems nearly calm, lapping gently in the shore’s embrace. Almost content it remains in its place, yet never completely at peace. Sometimes it roars and rushes to force its way beyond its borders. Occasionally it leaps, foaming and churning, standing upright, hungrily tasting that which seems so enticing, only to spit it back to the earth broken and wasted.
How like the sea is man’s spirit, resenting God-ordained limits, resisting His control. Attracted by what is not meant for our consumption we churn and rush into situations where we do not belong, only to taste bitterness and leave brokenness in our path before we are drawn back.
God, quiet my spirit. When I go beyond my rightful place I find no satisfaction. Thank You for drawing me back to the plan You’ve marked for me. Help me to understand that you lovingly limit me. You embrace me with protective boundaries. Give me wisdom to know that only as I remain in Your will and live by Your guidelines will my heart be at peace.
Carolyn Hittenberger is Assistant for the Caribbean Regional Office at Global University and also works with University Communications. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.