Boundaries Are from God

At the end of World War II, Germany was divided up into sections to be governed by the U.S., England, France, and the Soviet Union. In one true story, a woman went to be in a portion of the U.S. zone only to wake up and find that she was now in the Soviet Union zone. She had been trying to escape the Soviet Union and thought she was safe, but because the boundaries had changed, her situation had changed.

Many people today want to ignore boundaries. The illusion of technology and scientific advances can make it seem like we don't need many boundaries anymore. People don't want boundaries in sex. They don't want boundaries in relationships. There are those that don't want boundaries in nations. There are those don't want boundaries in morals, those that don't want boundaries in clothing. Many other areas could be addressed; however, we must recognize that boundaries come from God.

God set boundaries in the beginning. The Garden of Eden had a boundary; otherwise, Adam and Eve couldn't be cast out. Adam and Eve had boundaries: don't eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The human body has boundaries: sickness occurs when bacteria or a virus gets inside the boundary of the body. God's laws are moral boundaries. When God gave the Ten Commandments, He was defining boundaries for relationship between God and man and among men.

Let's realize that the limitations that God sets are for our own good. The Lord doesn't give commands for the sake of keeping us from good or because of His ego. Proper boundaries are necessary for healthy relationships. Since the Lord is the Maker of humanity, He knows the proper boundaries that we should have. Let's thank the Lord for His Word which sets boundaries.