God’s Commands are Good

October 11, 2006

Here is a quote from Richard Baxter regarding the number of duties and directions in his book (and, the Bible):

“every duty and direction is a mercy to you; and therefore should not be a matter of grief to you, but of thanks. They are but like the commands of parents to their children when they bid them eat their meat, and wear their clothes, and go to bed, and eat not poison, and tumble not in the dirt; and cut not your fingers, and take heed of fire and water, &c. To leave out any such law or duty, were but to deprive you of an excellent mercy; . . .”

“. . .Believe it, reader, if thou bring not a malignant quarrelsome mind, thou wilt find that God hath not burdened, but blessed thee with his holy precepts, and that he hath not appointed thee one unnecessary or unprofitable duty; but only such as tend to thy content, and joy and happiness.”

Source: Richard Baxter, A Christian Directory, p.8

How do you view the commands of God? Are they a burden or a blessing? If we truly know God as our loving Father, His commands will be a joy to our soul.

In Christ

Pastor Mike Walters