Fences are very important.
When you have livestock, they are a must.
We have a perimeter fence to mark where our property lies.
We have a tall fence around our garden.
Our chickens have a run which is entirely enclosed.
All these fences are not to keep our stock or veggies from going where we don’t want them, although that is important too.
They are to keep danger out.
Many wild animals would like a chicken, rabbit, lamb or goat dinner, not to mention those herbivores who would gladly decimate our vegetable garden.
Boundaries are important in more than just farmlife.
A playground sitting between a busy street and a large parking lot should have some boundary to keep the children safe.
Even in baseball there is a large fence to protect the fans from foul balls.
God understands the need for boundaries in our lives.
He gave us 10 of them.
And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Exodus 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17 KJV
Deuteronomy 5:6-21 KJV
He also gave us the entirety of scripture to teach us our need for Him to help us apply His boundaries, understanding that we easily misinterpret His Word.
For we cannot follow these Ten Commandments without Him, as the Old Testament clearly reveals.
But for those who put their trust in the Lord Jesus, He grants us forgiveness of sins and insight into His design for our lives.
For it is through the leading of the Holy Spirit that we can first realize the importance of His boundaries and secondly, learn to walk within the safety they provide.
Thus, we should acknowledge that which our rebellious flesh would label as “hindering us” is in reality that which is designed to help us.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You specifically for Your boundaries in my life. Lord, as I continue in this journey, I thank You for all Your faithful teaching and I look forward to what You have for me in today. Lord, please continue to open my mind to understanding Your Word and the boundaries You have set that I might be saved from the dangers of sin and the rebellion of my own flesh. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your protection. I love You, Jesus. Amen.