‘Make a parapet for your roof…’ Deuteronomy 22:8 NIV
In ancient Israel, houses were built with flat roofs. People would walk around the roof if they didn’t want to go out, and on hot nights they would sleep up there. They treated the roof just like any other room in their house. But that could be quite a dangerous thing to do, so God said to the Israelites: ‘When you build a new house, you must build a railing around the… roof. That way you will not be considered guilty… if someone falls.’ (Deuteronomy 22:8 NLT)
This law is not just about rooftops. Look at it this way: take whatever precautions are necessary to protect yourself and others from harm. It’s all about setting yourself boundaries, and it’s especially relevant if you’re confronted with something that could tempt you away from Jesus.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV says ‘above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ And as a follower of Jesus, you’ve got a responsibility to protect your own heart and keep it aligned with Him so that all your actions can also be aligned with His will. A really helpful visual image is to think of building a wall around your heart ‘to make it safe’. If you can stop a temptation before it gets in, there’s no way for it to take hold and pull you away from God. So set yourself some boundaries that keep the bad stuff out and let Jesus in.
SoulFood: Josh 14–15, Mark 10:1–12 Ps 20, Prov 23:10–12
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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