We are living in an era where boundaries have changed…to a point where people want no boundaries. When I was a kid we heard, “Don’t color outside the lines.” Today, kids are told to color inside, outside, and all over the lines….”it’s ok”. A generation or two have passed since the commercials on mainstream media boast to have it your way, and sometimes it’s ok to break the rules. But God’s Word and direction to people taught that the rules and structure were necessary for those who come out of bondage.
These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
Ordered living to my generation is old-fashioned, I know. Some they will even call it legalistic if they try to use Christian lingo. I am not speaking of rules, but rather the disciplines of developing any relationship. I am not even speaking of being obsessive, but consistent. My wife and I have had some structure for 23 years that has aided in a beautiful relationship. God is speaking to his people to whom He was showing salvation from horrible bondage and wanted those who refused ordered living to know He was not like them. It was not “ok” to color outside the lines, break the rules, and have it your way. He wants you to have it His way. “Glorify me,” He says, “and to the man with order, I will show salvation.”
Do you have any order today? Will you begin the day talking to Him and reading His book? Will you worship and glorify Him sometime every day? Will you order the first day of the week to set a part for Him with His people? I delight in serving in a ministry that uses order to amplify His workings in and through our lives. Trust Him today – for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.