Deeper Day 210: Can’t go back to the beginning

For many days, I have had the thought, “Man, I wish we could go back to the way it was when I was younger.” The longing inside my heart was deep and throbbed with a sorrow that I can’t explain with words. My longing for the days when I used to feel innocently safe. The days when I was blissfully unaware of any darkness around. When I could ride my bike all over town and always felt safe. When I could trust in certain things being certain, unlike now where it seems that everything is being challenged.

It was in this thought that I heard God whisper, “You can’t go back, but you can partner with Me moving forward and see Me there.”

I do believe, and have heard God speak to me, that He does desire to restore innocence to our country again. He longs to re-establish His principles. To restore freedoms only found within the boundaries of a loving Father.

You see, freedom isn’t found in the lack of any boundaries, it’s found in living within the healthy boundaries of God. Like this verse mentions…

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely, I have a delightful inheritance.           Psalm 16:6

God gives us healthy boundaries not to prohibit us, but to offer us safety.

No, we can’t go back to the beginning, but we can ask God to re-establish the boundary lines within our own hearts and families. It’s become harder and harder to block out the noise and accusation of the world as we lean in to listen to God so we know exactly where our boundary lines should fall. But it’s still so very important. In fact, I believe that right now it’s more important than ever.

Beloved, take a step back from the screens and all the information being thrown at you from every direction and once again catch God’s vision for your life. If you dare, ask Him to re-establish His boundary lines in your life, and then trust in those. Don’t allow any amount of fear or accusation to cross over those lines. Instead, let them serve as protection over your life. God alone knows what is healthy for you and your family. Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t be afraid to separate yourself from the world a little more. Don’t fear being irrelevant. Living a Godly life within the healthy boundaries He sets, is completely relevant. In fact, I dare say it would make you even more relevant than ever. People are craving healthiness in life and family. The tip of the spear must go first. Who knows, maybe you are the tip of this cultural spear.

I will praise the Lord, Who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because You will not abandon me to the grave, nor will You let Your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand. Psalm 16:7-11