“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17
As a young person, I was always under the impression that God gave the law/commandments to keep the people from sinning. Even though that is true, I now realize that there is so much more to it. Yes, God established the law as a foundation for the government of His nation Israel, but in reality, God was giving His people the instruction manual for successful living.
Think about it. God created the heavens and the earth. Each part of creation knows their place and assignment. They are constant and follow the directive they were given at the time they were made. The sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. The moon goes through its phases the same way each month. Plants form from their seeds and continue to produce more seed to grow the next season. Even the solar system moves in the set course it was given at its beginning.
Then there are the laws of nature that never change. You can depend on the law of gravity to work every time. We know that what goes up is coming back down again. Only the law of lift supersedes that law. The law that everything produces after its own kind will also never change.
Even spiritual laws are the same for anyone who would live by them. Things such as “you will reap what you sow”, “give and it will be given to you”, “seek and you will find,” “do not be anxious about anything” and “call on the name of the Lord and you will be saved.”
Looking at the laws of nature reveals to us that the commandments are God’s direction for people to peacefully live life with others. God was not intending to control people, that is why He created us with the ability to choose. In fact, we are the only part of His creation that was given that privilege. God in His great love for us, did not leave us to figure out the road to success on our own, He gave us the guidelines to keep us in line with the way He created us to live at life of victory. God comes before everything else, don’t worship idols, only God. Don’t use God’s name in vain. He even created us to require a day of rest and gave us the gift of the sabbath to shut down for a day each week. Honor and respect your parents. Don’t kill people. Don’t commit adultery or steal. Don’t lie and gossip and don’t desire to have other people’s possessions.
When you look at God’s direction in the light of His love and the way He created us to be successful, you can easily see that His law is the way He created a society to work and to exist peacefully within His created world.
Thank goodness these concepts have been preserved through time so that we can know how to live in peace and flourish even in these chaotic times. In today’s scripture, Jesus said He came to fulfill the law. That doesn’t mean it is no longer something we need to follow. On the contrary, He showed us that when we live life by the manual, we can fulfill every detail of the plan of God for our lives.
Today I want to encourage you to seek first the kingdom of God and the way He established us to live in this world. He never intended for us to make it up as we go. He clearly gave us the procedures that lead us to His perfect peace. Get in line with God’s success principles today and watch how plainly He reveals all His goodness in your life. This may require you to spend some time digging in and learning more about His supernatural love for you, but that time spent will be exceedingly more profitable than the hours you spend on social media or television. Decide today that you are going to make 2022 the year that you line up with God’s laws of success and take the time to focus on all the love and goodness He is waiting to release on you as you go further down that path.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 5:17-20
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.