STOP Before You Crash!

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2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

I once asked a younger sibling (whom I was babysitting) why they did something that broke my parents’ rules. They told me that they didn’t know why that rule was important and thus did not see anything wrong with breaking it. After I explained to them why it was wrong to break a rule and why the rule was important, I thought it might be a good idea to do a post on this subject- on rules.

Why are signs that say STOP put on the road? Are they put there just to confuse people and cause them to crash? Of course not! They are put there so people do not crash! If somebody is driving a car and they come to a stop-sign and do not stop, what will happen? It will either get them into trouble (and cause trouble for the oncoming traffic), or it might even kill them.

Now the question: why do I bring stop-signs up? And the answer: apply what I just said to rules. Are rules and laws put in place just to confuse people and to find ways to make them crash (crash meaning mess up and sin)? No, of course!

Think about lying. God’s rules against lying are not put in place so that He can find a way for us to mess up! They’re put in place so that we don’t hurt other people and we can trust other people. If somebody breaks God’s rule and lies to somebody else, it could get that person into a lot of trouble and could hurt a lot of people.

I have been reading in my Bible recently about the King Solomon. He started his reign pretty nicely, by asking God for wisdom. God granted his request, and Solomon soon came to have basically the most powerful and the richest kingdom on earth! Solomon broke a few rules,  though, and from it came trouble. God told him not to marry foreign women who worshiped idols, because they would turn his heart away from the true God, but Solomon didn’t listen. He had over three-hundred wives and near the end of his life, they convinced him to build temples to their gods, and he began to worship idols with them. God -because Solomon disobeyed him- gave most of the kingdom to another person, Jeroboam, when Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king. God would have given the entire kingdom to Jeroboam, but He didn’t because of Solomon’s father, David. (You should read the story in 1 Kings 10-12.)

God didn’t just tell Solomon not to marry foreign women for no reason at all; He told Solomon not to marry foreign women because He knew that they would turn Solomon’s heart away from Him. And it’s the same with all of God’s rules. He doesn’t make rules just for the sake of making rules, either! He knows that if you do those things which He has commanded you not to do, trouble will come and people will probably be hurt by your sin. It’s just like stop-signs. If you don’t ‘stop’ when the ‘sign’ (the Bible or someone in authority over you) tells you to, you could end up hurting yourself and/or other people.

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