Jul 24, 2017
A daily devotional walking through God's word together using The
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- Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm
your host Richard Agee.
- As much as we might think we can, we cannot go wherever we
want. Moses learned that a long time ago.
- Leviticus 16:2
- Go, talk to Aaron, and warn him that he cannot go
whenever he wants...
- I hope you don’t mind, but I’m using another warfighter story
today since I’m still deep into a training exercise for a medical
command this week. I think it will illustrate my point pretty
- We have the units operating on a linear battlefield at the
moment. When combat units fight side by side in that fashion, they
have what are called lines of coordination that determine exactly
where their left and right boundaries are so they reduce the risk
of firing into friendly forces. That boundary is usually an easily
recognizeable feature like a road or river or some other terrain
feature that won’t change despite the intensity of the battle. And
one of the units, not both, will own the feature, the road, river,
or whatever it might be.
- So units don’t go into each others territory without prior
coordination. One unit’s soldiers don’t cross the line without
coordinating with their adjacent unit first. The reason is easily
understood. If you cross the boundary without coordination, you
might get shot by friendly force. Not a good thing for anyone. So
units warn their soldiers where they cannot go. Don’t cross this
road. Don’t cross this river. Don’t go over this hill. Stay out of
the adjacent unit’s area. You can’t go wherever you want!
- It’s true in our everyday life. We find barriers on the road.
One way signs, road blocks, locked doors. Physical barriers that
keep us out of places that unless we have the proper authority, we
cannot enter those places. I can pretty much guarantee that most if
not everyone who hears this has never personally seen the gold in
sitting in Fort Knox. We cannot go there. We cannot go wherever we
want. If we tried, we would be turned away. If we tried by using
force, we would be met with equal or greater force and be turned
away. I can assure you that you cannot get to the gold in Fort
Knox. It is protected from intrusion and theft and you cannot go
there. You cannot see it. You cannot go wherever you want.
- There are some severe consequences for overstepping your bounds
if you cross physical barriers that are there to restrict your
movement. Another example are the barriers our law enforcement
personnel put in place during flash floods. Some people are foolish
enough to think the barriers don’t apply to them and find
themselves caught in the torrent of water grasping on whatever they
can when their car is washed off the road. The near death
experience and $2500 fine helps remind them you cannot go wherever
- All of these examples talk about physical space, but what about
our behavior? What about our spiritual lives? What about pushing
past the fence that God puts in place to keep us from suffering the
consequences of sinful behavior. His laws keep us in line. His laws
are much like telling our kids not to put their hand in the flame.
Don’t go there, you’ll get burned.
- God tells us, don’t do these things. There are consequences you
don’t want to pay if you cross these boundaries. You cannot go
wherever you want.
- If we would just listen to Him. If we would just pay attention
to the warning signs He puts in our path and then refuse to go
around them, our journey of life would progress so much better. We
would find ourselves with so much more joy and find our priorities
ordered properly in the things we face every day.
- We understand in our daily lives we cannot go wherever we want.
It’s important we apply that same understanding to our behavior and
our spiritual lives. Otherwise there are consequences we do not
want to pay.
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