“Take heed to yourselves that you go not up into the mount or touch the border of it”:
And all the people saw the thunderings and the lightnings and the noise of the trumpet and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed and stood afar off.
When they got a glimpse of God they stayed as far away as they could from the border of the mount that God had told them to stay away from!
What borders has God set for you and told you to guard yourself and don’t even touch it? Is there an addiction or maybe it’s a TV show or some books you enjoy but you know that God has asked you to stay away from them? Maybe there are boundaries God has told you to set and you haven’t quite taken it to the degree He has asked.
How are your boundaries where men are concerned? Let’s face it ladies, it is much easier for us as women to maintain a level of purity between the sexes than it is for most men. Either way it takes a conscious effort on your part to set boundaries. Bill travels a lot and we have both chosen to protect our marriage by setting boundaries with the opposite sex. Neither one of us will ride in a car or go out to eat or discuss personal things with the opposite sex, not even old friends. We don’t carry on casual conversations online or on the phone with the opposite sex either.
Whether or not you are married, you can still set some boundaries especially when it comes to married men. Always set boundaries to protect yourself of course, but if more people would set boundaries to simply protect marriage in general, it could save a lot of heartache!
Now, you may say, awe Janet you are being rather extreme don’t you think? No, this is the key to verse 18, the Israelites didn’t stand at the edge of the border or touch the border, they stood a long way off! Better to set a standard and then stay as far away from temptation as you can than to see how close you can get to it without going over the line!
If you will just get a real glimpse of who God is by spending time in your Bible and reading material that will help your spiritual growth, making some Godly women friends to walk through life with, you will find it is much easier to do what He has asked you to do. Let’s face it, it is a struggle to over come temptations and old habits if we try to do it on our own, but if we just spend more time with Him, He will overcome those things for us!
“God never consults your past to determine your future!” – Mark Murdock