March 27, 2014—Proverbs 3:1-2—Kathleen Keefer
“My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare they will give you.”
I used to believe that God’s commandments were given to us to keep us in line and make us better people. I still believe this, but I also believe that the commandments were given to us to set us free.
I have been reading a book I purchased at the Synod PW Gathering. Most of the book, I understand, but sometimes what Dietrich Bonhoeffer says is way over my head. When I was meditating on the verses from Proverbs I remember what he said in I Want to Live These Days With You: “The commandment as the element of life means freedom of movement and action, freedom from anxiety about deciding, about acting. It means certainty, peace, confidence, equanimity, joy…” Further, he states, “The commandment of God allows us as human beings to live in God’s presence. The commandment of God is permission. It is different from all human laws because it commands freedom. It proves itself as God’s commandment because it resolves this contradiction, it makes the impossible possible, and its real object, freedom, Is beyond everything that can be commanded. That is how high the commandment of God reaches. Nothing less will do.”
So, do not forget God’s teachings and keep his commandments in your heart for you will have freedom and abundant life. I’m in.