Thursday, April 14, 2022

Daily Devotion: A Life of Boundaries

Bible Reading:  Joshua 15:1-20

Key Verse: Verse 1 – “This then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah by their families; even to the border of Edom the wilderness of Zin southward was the uttermost part of the south coast.”

Key Words: even to the border

Chapter 15 describes for us the boundaries for the Israelites.  A boundary is a confinement, a limit.  Boundaries promote order and security.  Without boundaries we couldn’t play ball, drive on the road, nor could we live in peace.  Without boundaries there would be chaos.  We as believers have boundaries.  The Ten Commandments are boundaries.  Parents need to provide boundaries for their children.  Without them children would be wild, rebellious, and out of control.

The poet Coleridge was visited by a man who had a theory about raising children.  He stated, “I believe children should be given a free rein to think and act and thus learn at an early age to make their own decisions.  This is the only way they can grow into their full potential.”  Coleridge made no comment but simply led the man to his garden.  “Come see my flower garden,” he said.  The opinionated visitor took one look at the overgrown garden and remarked, “Why, that’s nothing but a yard full of weeds.”  The wise poet declared, “It used to be filled with roses, but this year I thought I’d let the garden grow as it willed without tending to it.  This is the result.”  Children, like gardens, will not automatically flourish.  They need daily attention and care.  They need boundaries.  Amen and amen!!

What to do:
✞ Boundaries given with love are not something you are doing to your child, but for your child.

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