Love and Order

Deuteronomy 22:1-12

Have you ever noticed that things have a flow to them? There is order. We drive on one side of the road for a reason. Imagine what it would be like if we could change lanes willy nilly. Many of us would not be here. We have such beautiful distinctions as “up” and “down,” “in” and “out.” We grow older, not younger. Life has an arc to it. Think of this, too: we wash our feet before going to bed, we brush our teeth after dinner and not before, we marry first and then have kids after (at least, that’s how it’s supposed to be), and we are called to love and not hate. Everything in the world cries for order. Why? Is it because God does not want us to have fun, or because we are that special? God longs for us to thrive, to make a difference and to enjoy our lives. Order is God’s way of saying, “I want you to reach your destination!”

Monday: Do for others as you would have them do to you. (Deuteronomy 22:1-4; Matthew 7:12)

Tuesday: Celebrate the uniqueness of God’s creation of two sexes: male and female. (Deuteronomy 22:5; Genesis 1:27)

Wednesday: Think about your obligation to respect the life of helpless creatures. (Deuteronomy 22:6-7; Proverbs 12:10)

Thursday: Protect the well-being of your brothers and sisters. (Deuteronomy 22:8; Matthew 5:43-48)

Friday: Don’t follow the practices of people who don’t know God. (Deuteronomy 22:9-10; James 4:4-5)

Saturday: Don’t mix the worship of YHWH with worldly idols or ideas. (Deuteronomy 22:11-12; 1 Corinthians 10:7)

Moses tells Israel that life makes sense only when they follow God’s order. All of life can be beautiful if we live it through God’s design. But when we buck God’s order, chaos follows. Guess who loves that? Satan. He thrives on chaos. He wants us to ignore God’s order so that we miss God’s grand design. God calls on us to notice the dotted line along the road of life. “Follow me,” He says. What can we lose?

Following Him together,
Pastor Briant