The things men tend to resist the most–limits, boundaries, rules, and restrictions–are the very things we need the most in order to experience freedom. This sounds like a paradox, but it’s true. Resisting is like trying to jump the fence but not realizing that the Grand Canyon awaits on the other side. We will never know the terrors we have escaped when we find the true freedom inside God’s boundaries.
When we understand that true freedom requires restraint, we will see these scriptures in a new light. God doesn’t establish boundaries just to see if we can be good and follow the rules. He gives boundaries to keep us and our loved ones safe from moral and spiritual failure and to make us good and faithful husbands, dads, and men of God. He puts them there to help us experience the truly abundant life Jesus came to give.