God’s Word for Today: Law
Romans 2:23. You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
My time in Paraguay has shown me a different outlook on laws. There are several laws in place in Paraguay, but they are largely left to the “person in charge at the moment” interpretation. Simple example is the speed limit for driving in Paraguay. It is posted every so often, just like USA. There is a standard for 4 lane highways, 2 lane highways, certain radiuses from a city/town, and right in town. Plus, some established for areas around schools and churches. These speed limits are largely ignored. You can pretty much drive at whatever speed you want. I have determined that the precedence for speed limit is based largely on income. The more money you have, the faster you can drive. Or at least believe you have the right to.
The only control established in Paraguay and Brazil for that matter, is the creation of thousands of speed bumps called espinas(Spanish) or lombadas(Portuguese). They can be anywhere on the highway that someone deemed necessary. Typically, at an approach to a town and then throughout the town. 2 or 3 of the speed bumps around a school. Most of these are not the typical speed bump we find in the parking lot at Target. No, these speed bumps are 4 feet wide by what seems like 4 feet high, but normally about 1 foot. Some are more extreme, and you have to be creative with cars while crossing them, not to drag bottom. There are areas where there are the more modern little squares offset speed bumps (That are terrible on a suspension). All of these have to reach clear across the road and most extend through the shoulders too. Otherwise, people simply go around the speed bumps no matter the traffic pattern.
Simply put, if laws are not taught or enforced, people do what they want. Don’t even get me started on stop signs or no passing lines on a highway. At first, driving how you very well please seems like fun. And, you can make good time, until you hit a speed bump or twenty. On a whole, better driving time could be made with the elimination of speed bumps and obeying speed limits. Kind of a turtle and hare thing going on here.
God gave us 10 laws, period. We as humans have multiplied those 10 original laws by the thousands. From the varying laws of different churches, to all the laws governing the people. When it comes down to it, if everyone lived by God’s original 10 laws, we would need no more governing laws. But, because of people ignoring 1 or more of the 10, we have had to create more laws to try and gain some semblance of control. The amazing fact, no matter if you have only 10 laws, or 10,000 laws, if someone is going to ignore them, it doesn’t matter how many laws you have.
Today, as we try to judge others wrongs and how there should be laws to correct them, lets simply focus on the original 10. First, work on yourself and the 10. Then start sharing the 10 with others. Not enforcing the 10 on others, but simply educating through your own actions. This starts with the first 2 laws. #1 = Love God. #2 = Love your neighbor. Every other law falls under those 2. No need to make it complicated. No need to build thousands of speed bumps. Ignore laws #1 and #2, you will find your own speed bumps of life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, maker of me and the first laws. I thank you for limits. Forgive me for the times I have ignored these limits. Your laws God, are perfect and true. Help me today to focus first on your laws Lord. I know they are the best direction for my life. Give me the strength and wisdom to obey. Then help me to show others how perfect your word is even in the middle of my imperfect. In Jesus’, who faced the ultimate speed bump just for me, name I pray. Amen.