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“You observe days and months and seasons and years.  I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain” (Galatians 4:10-11).

We make laws of things and our traditions take root and rule.  We have been freed to love the Lord at all times and in all places.  Why would we want to replace that with a compulsion to behave in certain ways at certain times?  Ours is not just a religion to order life; it is a faith to live with the One who created all life.  Why do you settle for lesser things when the greatest thing has already been given to you?

Lord, help me see that I do like order such that I want to be told what to do.  Lead me, O Lord, in truth that I live in truth.  Guide me by Your principles so that I understand more fully each day what You ask of me.  Let me not be carried away by this world’s lies, but transformed by You as You renew my mind each day in the truth of grace.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth.

Lord Jesus, You have come that all who believe may have life and have it more abundantly.  Guide me in the way of life and truth, Lord, that I would never settle for the lesser things.  Help me to know the boundaries of Your love and live out the faith You have given me.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I may not replace You with days, season, events, or traditions.  Amen.