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Battlement Building


Deuteronomy 22:8 (KJV)
When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.

A few weeks ago, I came across this essay in my devotional, “Streams In the Desert” by Mrs. Charles Cowman. It really got me pondering the importance of lines and boundaries in our lives. They are not there to spoil our fun or make our lives miserable, but rather to protect us, both in the present, and in the future.

The Lord God is almighty and unlimited in strength and resources. He has no boundaries whatsoever. Yet in his word, the Holy Bible, He set many boundaries by which to live. The eternal, loving, and all-wise God knows us better than we know ourselves. And if we would have success in this life, it would benefit us to follow His word.

“Prophylaxis ” may be a technical term, but it
stands for practical truth. To guard against
perils is better than subsequent attempts at
remedy or consequent pains of remorse. God
told his people of old that when they built their
flat-roofed houses, on which many an hour would
be spent, they must build a battlement. If they
did not, and any one fell off, his blood would be
on the owner’s head.

Ought we not to put guards at points of
peril in our lives, — not for others alone, but for
our own exceptional moments ? We are not
always at our best. We are not always safe
where ordinarily we move without peril. Every
deepened conviction, every outward commitment,
every vow and pledge and new act of consecra-
tion is putting a guard at the point of possible
personal danger. Should we not learn the les-
son, too, in our city life, that railings are better
than ambulances, and building parapets than set-
ting bones ? Looking for the springs of evil is
a better investment of time than groaning at
the muddy mouth of the river ; and preventing
the sowing of seeds of sin, than taking care of
harvests of shame. How much better to guard
lives with new hopes and opportunities, new
interests and outlooks, to fortify them in advance
against danger, than to attempt the restoration
and reformation of lives that have suffered
remediless !

And who shall dare refuse, though he be
strong and steady, to build battlements at dan-
gerous edges of his life, lest a weaker brother
may fall where he stood safe ? Can any pleasure
of ” uncharted freedom,” any pride of personal
self-indulgence, justify the moral catastrophe
which our self-confidence may provoke, our
example encourage ? Better any barrier of lov-
ing self-denial than another’s blood through our
loveless self-assertion. Let the brotherhood of
Jesus Christ remember the weak brother, and
interpret Christian liberty in the light of
Christian love.

M.D. Babcock from Thoughts For Everyday Living

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