“Work without clear instructions, is like swimming without water.” - Christiane Nord
I don’t believe I have ever been more frustrated than working at a job where there was no clear direction, but strict punishments. As a senior in High School, I worked for a man who was pretty rough on his employees. I helped manage his 100 acers; scraping fence, painting, weed eating (he wanted circles around all his trees down to the dirt), clearing brush, and much more. Vividly, I remember being reprimanded on more than one occasion for something I had no clue I was supposed to be doing. He had an expectation that was never communicated, let alone communicated clearly. I loved the man (who I had known since I was a kid), but finally had to leave the job and go back to the Feed Store in Springtown because it was hurting our relationship. Work can be frustrating without any clear direction.
Have you ever been in a situation where you were increasingly frustrated because, despite your best effort, you never were able to please your boss, coach, parent, leader. I am confident that most people have gone through one or more of these frustrating situations and can relate.
I am thankful God gave us a VERY CLEAR explanation about His expectations upon us. In the Law He laid out clearly what the expectations were to be right with Him. None more clearly than the moral law of the 10 commandments. In these 10 directives, we find what we should and shouldn’t be doing in regard to our relationship with God (first 4) and in our relationship with man (last 6).
The Law (as we will see in Exodus and Leviticus) is comprised o f many different parts, some of which are no longer binding on us in this Church Age. But some aspects of God’s law are tied to His moral character and are explained and expounded on in the New Testament… such are the Ten Commandments. They are basic truths that we must apply to our life to be successful in this Christian life
We also find in the Law, no ability to keep it. This Law makes it clear that we are helpless and in need of a substitute… Jesus. Without the Law we would never know our need of a savior. I am thankful we have a God who loves us enough to show us what He wants us to do, and how we can make things right with Him.
God has given us not only the Ten Commandments but all of Scripture. He wants us to know who He is, and what His expectations on us are. Wont you today take some time to contemplate your willingness to do God’s will for your life, and your readiness to hear God’s Word.
The only thing sadder than uncommunicated expectations, is when communication is crystal clear and by laziness and apathy the person refuses to act on those clear expectations. Today, act on God’s crystal clear instructions.
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 19 - 21
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.”