This got me thinking of our Father's instructions in His Bible. They are gloriously simple to understand and make things crystal clear and easy to follow - once we understand WHY He has said what he has said there. One of His, few, commandments are 'Do no murder' - this is because He does not want anyone being hurt. He tells us these things to prevent us from going into territory where others and we will get harmed. He IS NOT a disciplinarian at all. He is supremely wise and kind and foresees what the consequences might be and so hopes to lead us away from doing them. He does this as He is a caring Father. And this is why He has so many followers all over the world - we wouldn't commit to Him and love Him as we do if He weren't the wonderful and outstanding God that He is. We know Him as our Father because that is how He shows His love and care to us.
God, we thank You for Your Word - Your instructions and guidelines in the Bible which You so carefully and lovingly inspired the writers to present for us. Your Wisdom is beyond question and there is no doubt that Your ways work. Amen.