Believest Thou Are Free: Part 4

Monday, July 28, 2014

He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.” (Mark 7:9)


We were recently talking with a friend about why we’re so comfortable holding to some traditions and we started naming many reasons such as parents teaching us to do things a certain way, being deceived to believe one man’s truth is the right truth, or it being easy to follow a way that’s unchallenging; yet it was brought to our attention that most traditions are held because of confidence.

What does confidence have to do with traditions? After a while it became clear to us that when we do things a certain way for so long, we’re essentially creating an assurance and confidence in that way and in that belief. Nothing can knock us off of this way, and no one can make us believe otherwise because it’s unchallenging to hold on to and comfortable to rest in. The longer we hold to a way, refusing to choose another way, the quicker our way becomes a tradition.

The Pharisees and scribes had a way of doing things. They were so confident in their tradition of holding on to the old law of Judaism that they had the audacity to tell THE WAY, which way things should be done.

Can you imagine being so overly confident that you tell The Way, which way, is the best way? From the scriptures we find that Jesus is the way: “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem” (Acts 9:1-2). “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

When we become so confident in our own beliefs and complacent in our comforts, we place our ways higher than His. Yet God states, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

So, how do we know if our way of doing things is not the way? If our way doesn’t lead to Jesus, it’s not THE way. If our truth doesn’t include God’s truth, then it’s not THE truth. If our traditions are higher than God’s commands, then they’re not the commands we should be following.

If we reject the Lord’s commandments to keep our traditions, then we place our way higher than truth. We want to break free from traditions that are not according to the way of the Lord. Jesus’ way of doing things leads to neither confusion nor strife; His Way always leads to salvation. If the traditions we’ve held for years are keeping us from salvation, they should be put to the test against the word of God.

Believest Thou Are Free…then how long will you hold to your traditions? 

Questions for Reflection:

1) If God is the way, then why do we find it so much easier to go our own way?
2) What has become a high truth in your life?
3) In what or whom do you place your confidence?

Thank you for joining us for our Believest Thou Are Free mini-devotional series! As we continue to free ourselves from traditions that separate us from God, let us continue to keep one another in prayer for strength, trust in God, and the ability to move closer to Him! If you have questions about anything we shared in this series, feel free to email us at and we will do our best to give you the Bible answer that you are looking for. Thank you again for studying and growing with us in the Lord! ☺

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