Focal Passages: Leviticus 18:1-5, 20-26; 20:6-8
March Madness is gone for this season, and we have witnessed some great college basketball. Could you imagine what college basketball would be like without rules? Some may think it would be great, but once the game started, it would become mass chaos on the court. Just think if it was OK to punch someone in the stomach every time they shot the ball. Or, if was perfectly fine to walk off the court with the ball during the middle of the game. It may be entertaining for a few moments, but it would soon turn into a complete disaster.
The rules of basketball or any other sport are there for the safety of the players and to maximize the enjoyment of the game. The same is true in other areas of life as well. Stop signs are put in place for the safety of the public and facilitate a good driving experience. Speed limits are used to minimize high-speed collisions while providing an adequate driving experience to the car owner. The point is that rules and ordinances are ideally put in place to provide the safest and best living experience as possible.
In a similar way, God has provided rules and statutes for the well-being of His people. There are many individuals that may read Leviticus 18-20 and think that God’s holiness requires too much from His people. They think God’s rules stifle the fun in life and become a heavy burden to the follower. Actually, the reverse is true. God gives his people rules because He wants the very best for them. He wants to maximize the long-term enjoyment and satisfaction because as John Piper has said, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” God knows that apart from holy living all roads lead to destruction; that reckless living does not satisfy the heart, but will ultimately destroy a person’s life.
How do you view God’s rules and statutes? Do you see them as a burden or do you see them as an act of God’s kindness and mercy?