The Protection of God’s Guardrails

There are a lot of people who think that Scriptures’ warnings and commands are restrictive, hampering our freedom. We want to be free to do whatever feels best to us.

But as a loving father, God builds boundaries to protect us. In my book The Purity Principle, I write about how God’s guardrails are His moral laws. They stand between us and destruction. They are there not to punish or deprive us, but to protect us. And if we stay within the boundaries He has put up for us, we experience not frustration, but joy. Not bondage, but freedom.

A smart traveler doesn’t curse guardrails. He doesn’t whine, “That guardrail dented my fender!” He looks over the cliff, sees demolished autos, and thanks God for guardrails.

A friend sent me an email with these pictures and a story of how guardrails narrowly but dramatically saved the lives of this driver and his passenger:

Accident picture 1 / The Protection of God's Guardrails

Look at the picture above and you can see where this driver broke through the guardrail, on the right side of the culvert, where the people are standing on the road, pointing.
The pick-up was traveling about 75 mph from right to left when it crashed through the guardrail.    

It flipped end-over-end, bounced off and across the culvert outlet and landed right side up on the left side of the culvert, facing the opposite direction from which the driver was traveling.  
The 22-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were unhurt except for minor cuts and bruises.

Just outside Flagstaff , AZ on U.S. Hwy 100.  

Now look at the second picture below...

Accident picture 2 / The Protection of God's Guardrails

(In case you’re curious, the pictures have been confirmed on 

Thank you, Lord, for loving us enough to put up guardrails for our protection.

Photo by Joe Gardner on Unsplash

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries