Scripture: Psalm 119:49-72 (NIV)
Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law. I remember, LORD, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them. Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law. Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. In the night, LORD, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. You are my portion, LORD; I have promised to obey your words. I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. The earth is filled with your love, LORD; teach me your decrees. Do good to your servant according to your word, LORD. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.
You won’t find it in the movies, but in all the world-building that has surrounded Star Wars over the last almost 40 years, there has been developed what is called the Jedi Code. It is the basic tenet of belief and practice for the Jedi, their Apostle’s Creed as it were. This is what it says:
There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.
Now, just like us and the laws and precepts given to us by God, the Jedi don’t always follow that code, especially the bit about passion. However, it’s their general guiding philosophy, which separates them from the evil of the Sith. Many times in the movies the Jedi act more patiently and are less headstrong than those tainted with the Dark Side, and only Jedi have been shown to transcend death and become one with the Force.
The Law of the Lord is different than this code, of course, but there are similarities. Anakin tells Padme that the Jedi are called to compassion, as are we, but our love for our neighbors goes deeper than just that. No matter what some think, Christians are not called to embrace ignorance but often use their pursuit of knowledge as a manner to glorify the Lord. The Lord calls us to live in harmony with everyone as much as possible.
When we live our lives the way God intended, we are much more able to find the peace and serenity that the Jedi Code also directs its followers toward. Living under God’s law is no burden, it’s a delight. It’s the way to be the best we can possibly be on this earth. It’s knowing that God wants the best for us and choosing to let Him give it to us. We can try to do it ourselves, but that path has much more strife, more chaos, along it. Following what God has laid out for us, in His Word and His teachers, tends to work a bit better.
If we live our lives in this way, that last line of the Code will be (almost) accurate as well. There is no death, there is the Lord.