Protect your boundaries

Tuesday, 19th December

Exodus 4:24-26 (amplified bible)
Along the way at a [resting-] place, the Lord met [Moses] and sought to kill him [made him acutely and almost fatally ill].
[Now apparently he had failed to circumcise one of his sons, his wife being opposed to it; but seeing his life in such danger] Zipporah took a flint knife and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it to touch [Moses’] feet, and said, Surely a husband of blood you are to me!
When He let [Moses] alone [to recover], Zipporah said, A husband of blood are you because of the circumcision.”

A boundary defines limits. Beyond that, a boundary is also what you allow or forbid. As much as you know what you want, you must clearly establish what you will not allow. It helps you to protect what you treasure. Where there are no clearly defined boundaries, chaos and confusion will prevail. From our text scripture, we clearly identify a failure on the part of Moses to maintain the boundary of leadership in his home. He allowed the maternal feelings of his wife to take preeminence over God’s clear instruction on the circumcision of every male child (see Genesis 17:14). Moses failed in his leadership of his home, he conceded where he should have been firm. Love is firm and not only affectionate.

Strangely, Zipporah knew the truth about circumcision, but she allowed her concerns about the painful process of circumcision to prevail over the need to obey God’s word. Driven by her concerns, she exerted her feminine influence over her husband and made him to disobey God. Evidently, Zipporah was ignorant of this truth – some pain are needful for progress; especially the pain of discipline. It prevents the pain of regrets in life. Pause and think for a moment, do you have an idea of what you allow into your life when you oppose the word of God, with your arguments?

Child of God, establishing boundaries may not be number one in your list of fun things. Boundaries are most needful and must be protected, especially in your finances, communication and relationships.  In plain terms, you must be very firm on what you want and what you will not allow in life. Without boundaries, your life will be most vulnerable to chaos and confusion. Don’t allow it. Saying no to certain people and preferences, can be the best form of protection for your future.

Lord, help me to establish clear boundaries in my dealings with people.

Meditate on:
Romans 14:22

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