Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 7, 2018
By Tripp Prince
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6 (NIV)
Early in life, we are confronted with our limitations. For me, they were athletic. No matter how much I might have wanted it to be otherwise, I couldn’t change the fact that I was six feet tall by age twelve, giving me a great height advantage over my peers, but severely limiting my coordination and athletic abilities!
As we age, our limitations shift and evolve. We realize our life is not an ever-broadening horizon with limitless opportunities, but is instead an invitation to celebrate our boundaries and limitations and learn to flourish with the people God has given to us, in the places that we call home.
For the psalmist, limitations, whether physical, relational, or spiritual, are not seen as a burden but are a gift, falling in “pleasant places.” Are you able to see your limitations as a gift from God? When you cannot have an infinite number of friendships, you find the freedom to invest in life-long relational intimacy and depth with a few select people. When you cannot pursue every career you could possibly imagine, you are liberated to gain expertise and wisdom in your given field. And as Christians, when the Lord gives us commands and limitations on what he says is best for us, we can receive them with joy rather than anger.
The boundary lines of the Lord are given for our flourishing not our failure. His commands are meant to liberate us from lesser loves and empty pursuits. The narrow path we walk in his Kingdom keeps us away from passions and pursuits that bring us heartache and harm. It is pleasant indeed to have clarity on who God is and who we are in Christ. May he give us the courage and strength to embrace our limitations as a gift. May you trust in his goodness and provision, believing that he is leading you faithfully to a delightful inheritance.
“For I delight in your commands because I love them. I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees” (Psalm 119:47-48).
PrayerFather, thank you that you care for us deeply and keep us on the path that leads to life. Amen.
ApplicationWhat boundaries or limitations do you struggle to accept that may in fact be a gift from God?
Related ReadingPsalm 112:1; Isaiah 30:21; Romans 8:28
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