The Bible isn’t for God. It’s for us. And specifically, God’s plan for us.
Everything that man creates he creates with boundaries and limits. ‘Up to 4 people on your plan. Up to 19 participants. While supplies last.’ Everything has limits.
But when God imposes limits on His creation, man responds with ‘You’re wrong,’ ‘You’re unloving,’ or ‘we just don’t understand.’
And here’s a common question that arises: If God is all-powerful and unlimited, why does He/would He need to impose limits? ‘Why can’t He just make it so that it would be this way (insert whatever we want).’
Well first off, God is sovereign. We can understand His will but it’s always His will and final choice.
Second, an all-powerful and unlimited God doesn’t need limits. But we do. He imposes limits for our protection and good.
God’s Word Restores
Everything that man creates has boundaries, limitations, and rules — and usually for just cause. But when God imposes boundaries and rules, we complain. We see it as a hindrance or taking away our fun.
But the truth is that His Word, His law, restores and refreshes us (Psalm 19.7). It preserves us from harm. It restores us to some degree back to His original plan and design.
Whatever law God imposes upon us is really for our own good and not our harm. Why would a loving God want to withhold something that’s ultimately good from us?
Sometimes it’s not even about whether the thing is good but really about the timing or the way. A new car can be a blessing to a 30-year-old adult but a death trap to a 9-year-old child, if put behind the wheel.
Sometimes God’s ‘no’ is really a ‘not yet,’ or at the very least, a ‘not this way.’
God cares about the way and the timing just as much as He does about the end result. Jesus in fact declares, “I AM the way…” (John 14.6). The way matters to God too and He has a plan.
We trust God’s laws and statutes because He IS good. God’s plan is good. And He knows best. We can rely on Him and trust in His law, provisions, and governing. What is simple becomes wise when we follow the Lord.
“The law of the LORD is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul; The statutes of the LORD are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.” Psalm 19.7 AMP