Deuteronomy 6:24-25 KJV
And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. 25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
Many people see God as a controlling God who gives us rules to follow because He is mean. What they do not realize is that God's commands are not a list of do's and don'ts just to control us. God gives us His commands for our good!
If we follow His commands, we will experience a life like no other-an abundant life. His commands actually give freedom. His commands help keep us safe and healthy (physically, emotionally, and spiritually).
Just as parents give rules and guidelines to our children to keep them safe, so does God. We know more than our children so we use our knowledge to help guide them in the right way. So it is with God. He knows far more than we do, so He guides us on our way through His commands
A life preserver restricts you in some ways. It is bulky and sometimes seems as it gets in our way. However, why do we wear a life preserver? We wear one to help us survive!
We put life preservers on our children who do not know how to swim or who are not strong swimmers so they don't drown. We wear them as a precaution when we are in rough waters. Although they are restrictive, we gladly wear them for a short time for our safety.
It is the same with God's laws. They may seem restrictive, but they are there for our safety. They will keep us safe for the short time on this earth so that we can experience eternity with Christ in heaven instead of being in eternal torment in hell.
God wants to preserve you. Put on His life preserver today!