Most of us have already made our resolutions for this year. Those resolutions generally center around what we will do and what we will not do. We start off with a general assessment of our lives over the past year, perhaps a few more if we have not accomplished some of the goals we might have had for a few years. What is the reason we find ourselves on that “hoping to change” platform year after year? It is because we make resolutions instead of finding the proper boundaries to live by.
Now boundaries are different than resolutions. Resolutions are the act of trying to accomplish something. Like a resolution to stop watching a particular program on TV, yet one still keeps the contract with a network that hosts the show. Such a resolution seemingly is condemned to fail because it is a resolution to change a habit that has no boundaries. A boundary would be a permanent marker that when you approach it, you know to stop. A boundary of no contract for that network would end the problem, but a resolution is a continued fight because the program is just a click away.
Israel often had boundary problems or should I say problems with boundaries. Often they would go where God said not to go or not go where God wanted them to go. The Bible is full of boundaries. But, we often see them as a negative thing. Those do’s and don’t s, inevitable show up when one bumps up against the set boundaries of the Scriptures. God’s Word says to not commit adultery., a set boundary. Yet, we watch a TV show or listen to a song that glorifies sex, infidelity, etc. God’s boundary has no gray areas. We make a vow to not watch those things and we inevitably fail to keep that resolution.
Why? Because we simply do not obey God’s Word. It is not the things we do, it is the things we do not do, that is seeing the boundaries set by the Bible and living by them. Living a sanctified life is following the boundaries set by God for our own protection. It not our resolutions that will help us, it is our obedience to the set Boundaries found in the Word of God. We must avail ourselves to the Holy Spirit and when He whispers stop, we stop, when He whispers go, we go. How do you find these boundaries, by being in the Word and absorbing them so they become the road markers of boundaries by which we should live by and by which should we walk the path of life.
As we walk through this year, let us encourage one another with the boundaries of the Word of God. Constantly reminding ourselves that all the boundaries God has set are far better for us to live by than any personal resolutions we make and try to keep. Especially those that deal with personal failures and sinful behaviors.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14