God Has Guardrails To Protect Your Life

Life is filled with hairpin turns and twists.

All too often we find ourselves close to the edge of the cliff.

Our circumstances, our fears, culture, our friendships…in fact, everything about us, has the potential to push us over the edge if we are not careful.

This series of posts is all about keeping your life between the lines.

There is constant oncoming “traffic” that we must be careful not to swerve into. We have to keep our eye on the road, so as not to crash and burn.

Thankfully, for believers, God offers protection. There are guardrails that he sets in place so that we know when we are too close to the edge in our current and future situations and circumstances. 

God has a way of helping us see where the dangers are by putting guardrails along the most dangerous places in our road of life. I for one have bumped into the guardrails on more than one occasion, and I was so glad they were there.

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What are the guardrails that God places in the life of a believer?

There are many.

Here are few:

  • The voice of the Holy Spirit.
  • Our own conscience is a guardrail.
  • The principles of scripture.
  • The people we surround ourselves with.
  • Our church family.

All of these things are meant to be guardrails in our life. So when we get too close to the edge and we are about to go over, or crash and burn, the guardrail does its job and informs us by bumping up against our heart.

We sense that danger is imminent if we continue going down the same path.

The guardrails help us to turn around before it is too late.

I’ve seen people, and you have too, that have ignored the obvious guardrails God placed in their life; but they ignore them to their own detriment. 

God never places a guardrail in our life to hinder us. Guardrails are designed to protect us.

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Now, this series is not an original idea with me. I heard the premise years ago, and have adapted it to fit the message that I feel compelled to convey. This message of guardrails is something that, I believe, should be foundational in a Christian’s life.

We need something from God that will guide our life along the right path and protect us from going over the edge.

Whether it be in your marriage, your friendships, your job, your parenting, or in your spiritual life…you and I need guardrails.

At the outset of this series, let me give you what I consider to be a pivotal thought related to it.

Satan’s plan is to ensnare you. God’s plan is to keep you free.

God isn’t just in the business of making people free. He is also in the business of keeping people free.

Here’s what the Bible says about it.

Galatians 5:1 NKJV

1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Hear the word choice that the Apostle Paul uses… “entangled again.”

If we are not careful, it will be easy for us to become entangled again in the very snares that Jesus set us free from. Satan never ceases to set snares for our life. He places them along the paths we walk and hides them in the most inconspicuous spots.

Being careful isn’t wrong…it’s right.

Too many believers, having cast off carefulness, have found themselves entangled again by the very things that they were set from from. In other words, to go back to our driving analogy, they drove off the cliff.

But, a believer never goes off the cliff without hitting the guardrail first.

God places those guardrails in your life so that you will recognize what’s about to happen and turn the wheel before it’s too late.

I would also say, for every trap and snare that Satan lays, God has a guardrail that is more powerful than the snare. God’s guardrails are equipped to do everything they can to keep you from blindly or accidentally going over the edge.

With that being said, let me add that…

It is hard for a true believer to go over the edge. For a believer in Jesus to crash and burn will require an act of the will on their part to forcefully push against the God ordained guardrails in their life. To go over the edge will be a CHOICE that they make for themselves.

As it’s been said before, people only go to hell by crawling inch by inch over the grace of God and the cross of Jesus Christ. It’s not easy to go to hell. God does everything in his power to keep us from it.

Likewise, it’s not easy for a believer to go over the edge in life and crash and burn. God will do everything in his power to stop that from happening. You will almost have to ram headlong into the guardrail and smash your way through it to go over the edge.

When I first heard this idea of guardrails expressed, it wasn’t something completely new. In fact, one of the very first verses that the Lord ever used to speak into my life dealt with this same idea.

My life became radically different when I gave it to Jesus. I was fourteen. One thing that I’ll never forget was my first few months after becoming a believer. It seemed that God’s Word was opening up like a flood in my heart.

Every single day, I would read the Bible, and the Lord would open my eyes to a new truth…a new idea.

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Here’s a passage the Lord really spoke to me through…

Proverbs 22:1–6 NLTse

1 Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. 

Everyone makes a name for themselves.

Whether it’s for the better or for the worse, you have a name. There may be those that seek to tarnish your name, but don’t worry about it. In the end, who you are in secret is what is going to be known in the light.

Riches don’t compare with your reputation. Being trustworthy, humble, and gracious are the keys to starting your life out on the right road.

God’s path begins with letting him be in control of WHO you are on the INSIDE. To follow his path means, allowing God to recreate your name.

Just like the Lord changed Jacob’s name in the Old Testament from Jacob to Israel, God has a new name for you as well. He will spend your entire life creating you into WHO you are supposed to be.

  • It is the road less traveled that leads to God’s purpose.
  • It is the narrow path that leads to true life.
  • It is the way of the Lord that will guide your life to its ultimate destination.

2 The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both. 

Every person is a person that God has made.

You are a person with potential to do great things for the kingdom of God. You have the potential to reach your purpose, find God’s favor, and follow the Lord all the way to heaven ultimately, if you keep yourself on the right path.

Guardrails from God will help you.

Remember…Satan’s plan is to ensnare you. God’s plan is to keep you free.

This next verse speaks directly and powerfully about the need for guardrails in our life.

3 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. 

A prudent person is someone who is cautious.

Many people mistake caution for fear, but they are NOT the same. Being cautious simply means that you are careful to AVOID potential problems or dangers.

Who in their right mind would want to walk headlong into danger?

Who would want to walk straight into problems that they could easily avoid?

No one wants to fill their life with such things.

Being prudent is all about living between the guardrails that God sets up in your life. It is seeing that, on the other side of the guardrail, there is danger that must be avoided at all cost.

It is not fear that keeps us between the lines on the road of life, it is prudence. 

Prudence gets a bad rap a lot of the time. We think that people who are prudent are unwilling to risk, or unwilling to cast care to the wind…and we consider this a bad thing, but it’s not.

When you cast away prudence and caution from your life, you are playing Russian roulette with your future.

Prudent people act with care. They show thought and concern for their future. And this is not a bad thing.

We are called to be good stewards of our purpose and destiny. We are NOT CALLED to risk it all and cast caution to the wind.

Here’s why prudence is an important guardrail in your life:

It helps you to foresee the dangers and take precautions to avoid them.

Prudence will help you see danger coming…

  • In your marriage
  • On your job
  • In your church
  • In your spiritual walk
  • In your family
  • In your own spirit

When you see danger ahead of time, you HAVE THE TIME to turn the wheel. Some people turn, but they turn too late.

Satan’s plan is to ensnare you. God’s plan is to keep you free.

About the person without prudence the Bible says, “the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

In the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul says that we, “reap what we sow.”

If you sow blindness in your life towards the dangers surrounding you, you are bound to suffer the consequences associated with those dangers.

4 True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. 

Why does the Bible mention humility in connection with a verse about foreseeing danger? Because only those who humble themselves will be able to SEE the dangers surrounding them.

Those who think that they can live their own way, follow their own path, and create their own future, will be doomed to fall into the pit they create for themselves by refusing to humbly submit to the God ordained guardrails meant to keep them from going over the edge.

5 Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it. 

To be corrupt is to be dishonest, immoral, and evasive.

It means to live a life OUTSIDE of WHO God really wants you to be deep in your heart.

You can play the part of being one kind of person on the outside, but actually be someone completely different on the inside. Eventually, what’s inside of a man catches up to him, and causes him to stumble over the edge.

6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

The Bible even takes this idea of guardrails to the next level by telling us as Godly parents that we should DIRECT our children onto the right path.

Guardrails are not just about you. They are about you and everyone that your life affects.

Over the next few weeks, we will talk about some specific areas where guardrails are necessary. We won’t have time and space to discuss every area, but these few are very important.

As we finish, the Bible reminds us…

Psalm 119:110–112 NLTse

110 The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments. 

His commandments are guardrails for our life.

111 Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight. 

112 I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.

Guardrails for your life

Psalm 124:7 NLTse 

7 We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free!

Satan’s plan is to ensnare you. God’s plan is to keep you free.

I encourage you to spend some time asking God where the devil may have laid snares in your life. Ask God to reveal the traps, so that you don’t step in them.

His desire is to guard your life. If you ask him to, God will direct your every step in the right direction.

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