“The first allotment of land…the northern boundary…went north…then west…went south…and proceeded down to…then made a turn and swung south….” The details regarding territory given to the families of Israel are quite precise in Joshua 18:11-20. Joshua then goes on in Chapter 19, verse 1, to say, “The second allotment of land…. The third allotment of land…. The fourth allotment of land…. The fifth allotment of land….” and so on, until all the boundaries are laid out and recorded in the Bible. You know what this tells me? Boundaries serve a purpose. Just look at the Ten Commandments. God made boundaries to give us structure and safety and to discourage chaos. He didn’t do it to harm us or spoil our enjoyment of life. He gave them so we would know our surroundings, prioritize, survive, and thrive.
MAKING TODAY’S REVELATION PERSONAL: God knew before I was born that my mental and emotional well-being would depend on saying “No” sometimes. He also knew there would only be twenty-four hours in my day—only seven days in the week. He created it that way. And…guess what? He established one of those days as a day of rest—a boundary He would know I would need—along with nine others that protect my relationship with God and those around me.
Boundaries. They can fence you in, or they can free you. I’m thanking God today for my freedom!
“…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV This comes from God, who also says, “I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” Genesis 17:7 NLT