Matthew Chapter 5
Jesus our Teacher
As we see in the Sermon on the Mount, God has given us direction to which he asks us to be obedient. To some, these “rules” may seem overbearing or restrictive. It is important to consider why God asks obedience of us. Is it to benefit Him? He has everything He needs. He does not need our obedience in order to be God. No, He asks for our obedience because He knows that it benefits us. As broken and sinful humans trying to pursue holiness in a fallen world, God knows that we don’t always know what’s best for ourselves. We’re all blind and lost, groping around in the dark for a hand to guide us. Sometimes the hands we find will lead us astray, further into the dark. But when we use the Bible as our flashlight, we will come to find that God’s way is the only way to joyful, abundant life.
We’ve all met people who enjoy telling other people what to do simply for the power they feel from being in charge. This can lead to the assumption that our all-powerful God operates in the same way. But God never asks us to do something because He just feels like it, because He’s in a bad mood, or because He needs to feel powerful. Our holiness and closeness to Him (which ultimately leads to perfect fulfillment) is always the reason for his instruction.
Who could possibly know the way to eternal satisfaction and joy more than God? Us?! Anyone who’s tried to do life on their own for any period of time can attest that we’re certainly not the best way-finders. Thinking we know more than God is the sin that brought about all other sin.
Trust that even when they’re hard to follow, God’s guidelines for life are in place to keep you on the path that is headed straight for more joy than you could possibly ask for or imagine.
“The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart…
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the honeycomb.”
Psalm 19:7-8, 10