I want to be mature. The problem is that the older (and hopefully wiser) I get the more I realize how uncomfortable a life of maturity can be!
I think our inability to keep Torah with exactitude is one of the greatest aids in the effort to keep the atonement provided by Yeshua front and center in our focus. I am regularly driven to contemplate the grace on which I depend by virtue of the fact that I am constantly engaged in wrestling with how to live for God’s glory (c.f. Philip Graham Ryken quote in previous post) according to God’s instructions, and the necessity of depending on His grace as I seek to work out His way as the Spirit leads.
In other words, there is a danger in tradition as a default, because we can tend to become at ease about the state of our practices, confident that we our practicing as God would have us. I am not confident that God ever wants us to become comfortable. Rather we ought to be constantly weighing, how does the Torah relate to this set of circumstances and this group of people, this scenario, etc.?
I am increasingly convinced that maturity is measured by our willingness and subsequently our ability to dwell in the tension that life and God’s instructions present us. It is our desire to escape the tension and settle on a clear, present, and time-tested framework of rules, that threatens our dependency on God for grace to be pleasing today (and each day).