taking a look at the garden early in the genesis narrative, we read ::
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
we often fail to realize the freedom that flows in this, the first command to humanity from the Trinity.
God’s original intent was permissive and positive, not prohibitive.
the next verse in the genesis account provides a single restriction – for a reason. the consequence for eating the forbidden fruit was certain death.
because of his great love for the crown of his creation, God’s boundaries were put in place for their own protection.
prohibition = protection.
the same is true for us today. the ‘rules’ God has put in place in the context of our morality, ethics and the like are there for our own protection.
and we focus on them.
we so often miss out on the freedom we have in grace as a result of our obsession with restrictions. there is a garden wide and open with provision and pleasure, and we have the freedom to walk, work and rest in it.
may we learn better that enjoying the life God has given us is an act of worship. we have permission to enjoy.