Have you ever wondered standing before the roaring waves on the sea shore and asked who stops it from coming over to the land? Who draws the lines of boundary to limit its invasion? Except during Tsunami we always witness the waves stopping at one point? You never really know what’s coming, a small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown by it.
The Bible records in Job 38:9-11 (TLB) that the God of creation gives command to the proud waves and stops them. 8-9 “Who decreed the boundaries of the seas when they gushed from the depths? Who clothed them with clouds and thick darkness 10 and barred them by limiting their shores, 11 and said, ‘Thus far and no farther shall you come, and here shall your proud waves stop’?
Not only the God of the Bible talks about His creation including human beings but also has defined boundaries in all aspects of life. We will look into 2 important ones;
Morality –who decides right and wrong?
Who are you?
Often, we make the mistake of finding our identity from what we do, what we have and what others think of us. For example, a boy may play a sport really well so he finds his identity in the fact that he is an athlete. A girl might be really pretty and therefore she’s finds her identity in her external appearance.
What is wrong with finding your identity in the things that you can do, the way you look, the friends you hang out with, or so on?. Your actual identity, the part of you that truly and accurately describes who you are at the core of your being, cannot change. Someday you may no longer be the athlete you once were. What you see as “good looks” may change. Your true identity, is an amazing gift from God.
The Bible reminds us that,God is our designer and creator. We are made in his image (Genesis 1: 27) with a capacity to create, communicate and choose. YOU ARE SPECIAL. There is no one else in the whole world like you. It is not about who you are rather it’s about whose you are that defines your identity.
Who decides right or wrong?
Have you ever thought why there are set of rules while playing any game?Before you play, you must read the rules so that you will know how to play the game.Who makes up the rules for a game? The person who makes up the game makes the rules, don’t they?
How many of you have rules at home? Do you have rules about when to eat? How long you can watch television? How you should act? (No hitting, no spitting, no yelling?) School has rules – no running in the halls& class rooms, no throwing food on the ground but only into the waste bins, no copying or cheating, raise your hand if you want to ask a question in class etc.
There are rules that we must follow in life too. We may not always like rules, but rules are there to keep us safe and to help us live together in peace. Who wrote the rules? God did. God created life and He wrote the rules which are reflections of His own nature/character. That’s the reason we have absolute morality as God is absolute, his nature is absolute and he sets the standards.
But our failure to keep up the rules is obvious. That’s why Jesus Christ came into the world in the first place to show us through his own example what it means to live the way God wants us to live. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” and enables us to keep us the rules of God. He simplified the rules into two commandments “love God and love our neighbours as ourselves”.
As you begin this new academic year may the Lord Jesus give you true identify and enable you to walk in His ways. God bless.