No Pets On Beach
Isn't human nature interesting? We press things to the extreme at times--just to the boundary of breaking the rules. Maybe we won't step over the line but we sidle right up next to it and hope for the best. I thought it was amusing several years ago when my eleven year old granddaughter took great pride in placing her "pet" as close to the sign as she could get him and still keep him on the beach. Just a little thrill at "almost breaking the rules," I guess.
From 2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those
whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Jesus wants us to follow Him and His rules with our whole heart. That is how His plan works best in our lives. He doesn't want us to venture close to the edge of breaking His commandments, His laws, His ordinances, His statutes, His precepts. In fact Psalm 19 tells us:
7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Why wouldn't we want to obey with all of our hearts when what we receive in return is wisdom, a revived soul, a joyful heart, eyes that sparkle, advance warning of danger and great reward?
From Psalm 86:11
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
I long for an undivided heart.