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I am trying to function on a new laptop this morning, and it is not going very easy for me.  It seems as though the commands are not received the same way as with my old one.  And my demands of it get ignored.  If my old one was with me at the moment, I think I would remand this one for a week.  Instead I am stuck with the challenge as I write … and you likely as you read. 

Ever find yourself in a similar circumstance?

Command, demand and remand are very similar sounding words, but what about their meaning and use?  You may well say that a remand is a particular kind of command (and I would agree with you), but demand and command come from differing contexts.  Some would say the difference in the context has to do with authority, but I think there is more to it.  And putting one's finger up upon it is not so easy.

Demands seem to add brute force and minimize civility.  Commands, on the other hand, focus upon the overall good, with the intent of enhancing relationships.  After all, from Mount Sinai God gave us the Ten Commands, not the Ten Demands.
 
As God gives us the Ten Commandments, he does so in a very civil, loving way.  They are given to us for our good … they explain how God programmed creation to function properly.  Things began to fall apart when mankind challenged God's authority … God's command.  And, ever since then, we have been making demands to God and to one another … the whole while complaining about the brute force and lack of civility we see!

In the beginning God gave the command, "'Let there be light,' and there was light." (Genesis 1.3) Today he seeks to have that light shine ever more brightly into our darkness, to reveal the beauty of his ways … to transform us into people walking in the joyful harmony of his design … to free us from Satan's remands and the demands made by our sinful flesh.

Psalm 119 has 176 verses, each one containing different forms of the word command.  They each show us how God in his word focuses upon our overall good, with the intent of enhancing healthy relationships.  St. Paul provides a short summary of that long Psalm as he writes, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3.16)

I think, perhaps, my struggle with this new laptop is a reflection of my much bigger struggle with God.  I will let you think about that on your own.  In the meanwhile, I will try to focus my energy upon learning the ways of this laptop … and, more importantly, of my God … 

 

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