Song: Emeli Sande ‘Breaking the Law’


Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:27 – But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

It seems somewhat oxymoronic to discuss God and breaking the law in the same sentence let alone having a whole blog post dedicated to the idea. However the more I listened to Emeli Sande’s beautiful ballad which she wrote for her sister, the more apparent it became that the love Emeli describes is just like the love our Lord has for us.
God does in fact break the law just to ensure that we his children are well catered for. This notion forms the very fabric of our faith, and there are countless testimonies and stories in the bible to prove that the natural order of things have been disrupted by God in order to place his children exactly where he wants them to be.
Take Joseph for example, he was an imprisoned slave and yet still managed to rise to Prime Minister in the same nation he had been enslaved in. You might argue that there is no modern day example of such things happening but then Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long walk to freedom’ springs to mind. After 27 years imprisonment he rose up to be the leader of the same nation he had been protesting against. The bible says that God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and this literally means God disrupts the order that the world has prescribed in favour of his plans.
However in order for the principle to operate fully in our lives we must as the song so rightly states ‘ignore the alarms’. In the context of God being at work and turning our hopeless situations around that means not looking at the present circumstances and letting that inform our next move but trusting that he has a plan and obeying whatever instructions he gives. No story demonstrates this better than that of the Israelites exodus from Egypt. Standing with the red sea in front of them and pharaoh’s army hot on their heels, Moses epitomised the idea of ignoring the alarms and the police. Picture it, the thundering sound of Egypt’s army approaching in the behind them, coupled with the murmurings of the people he is leading to safety. I am sure he thought ‘it’s all over’ and then God spoke and told him to hold out his staff. If it were me I would have thought ‘really?!’. Moses however went along with it, irrespective of what he thought and God defied the laws of physics to deliver his people from the hands of their oppressor. His is a love that has defied laws for centuries and will continue to do so. Click here to listen to Breaking the law.


One thought on “Song: Emeli Sande ‘Breaking the Law’

  1. Shirley

    These words you write are so true! God’s love is never failing in all situations. He defy the odds and never ceases to amaze His people.

    Isaiah 55: 8:9 delights in my mind “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
        “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
    9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”.

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