They cast off all restraints…
One of the most dangerous things any people, society, culture or nation can do to itself is to cast off all restraint and do whatever seems right in their own eyes. We find this phrase in the dark days of Israel’s history. A period when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6
In our day and time, the absence of restraint is celebrated and applauded. In the words of a song writer, “we exult our rights over and above the one who makes us righteous,” and we use that to justify our behavior or lifestyle. Unfortunately, we fail to realize that this kind of moral, spiritual, and social anarchy brings nothing but destruction.
Israel cast off all restraints and they were brought to ruin.
Sodom and Gomorrah cast off all restraints and they were brought to ruin.
The Roman Empire cast off all restraints and they were brought to ruin.
Ephesus, the city where the church was warned to return to its first love, cast off all restraints and they too were brought to ruin.
The bible says, There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12
When we follow our own instincts and inclinations, it always leads to ruin.
We need to follow God’s way, not our own. A lot of people think God is just out to spoil the fun for everyone. No, God is not out to spoil the fun for everyone, he is out to protect everyone from the “so-called” fun that brings people to ruin. God knows that the choices we make can either make or break us. So, like a loving father who’s always looking out for His children, He sets up these guard-rills so we don’t go driving over the cliff.
In Deuteronomy 6:24, the Lord commanded us to observe all His decrees and to fear Him for our own good, so that he may keep us alive as we are today.
God has given many restraints to us:
- the curbs of the fear of God
- the curbs of family and right relationship
- the curbs of justice and equality
- the curbs of conscience
- the curbs of law
- the curbs of truth
- the curbs of love
When these restraints are broken down, we go down. So, let us follow His way. It starts with me, right where I am.