Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
Children think their parents give them rules and erect barriers just to make their life miserable and keep them enslaved. But that is not why they put guides in place. Their purpose is to spare their child heartache and keep them from danger. The rules are given out of love, not power.
The same is true for the Lord. We sometimes think His rules and guidelines are meant to keep us from having fun. In truth, He gives His commands for the same reason a parent does: He wants to protect and enrich us. He wants us to have the best life possible.
The next time you start to chafe at the commands of scripture, think of God as the parent who simply wants the best for His children.