Fenced in by God by Martin Wiles

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Fenced in by God by Martin Wiles

I like to do my own thing. We all do to some extent. Sometimes my rebellion has hard consequences. Loving parents create parameters for their children’s behavior and God is no exception. Sometimes I want to go outside the boundaries God has set for me. My guest, Martin Wiles, shares God’s perspective on the boundaries around our lives. I hope you’ll take time to leave a comment.



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You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5 NIV

What fences can’t fetter, God can.

My maternal grandfather was a farmer whose land was circled by fences. Since my cousin and I had free reign to go and come as we pleased, we often encountered fences of different varieties. Most were hog wire fences. One step up and over, and we had cleared the obstacle. Occasionally, the hog wire was topped by barbed wire. This required a little more ingenuity. We carefully pulled down the strand and held it against the top of the hog wire, allowing us to swing our legs over without getting snagged.

Of course, the most dangerous kind of fencing was electric. What hog wire and barbed wire couldn’t fetter, electric fencing could—primarily hogs. They would inch their snouts near it and squeal as they felt the warmth of the pulsating current. My cousin and I proceeded with just as much caution as they did. Touching it would deliver a jolt we didn’t care to feel.

According to the psalmist, God does a bit of fencing Himself. But it’s not hog wire, barbed wire, or electric wire. God’s means of fettering are different.Fenced in by God 3

God fetters through the presence of His Spirit who works by reinforcing the knowledge of His commands. Some perceive God as an unfriendly type who sits in heaven, waiting to zap people for disobeying His commands—which they perceive as nothing more than a list of things they can’t do. And to be sure, there are a host of “Thou shall not’s.”

God’s commands are not given to cause me misery but to fence me in, making it more difficult for me to travel in fields I’d be better off staying away from. His commands are not designed to make life miserable but to guide me in a more pleasant direction. He has my best interests at heart. Obedience to His commands will ensure I experience the best from life.

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve questioned some of God’s directions. And some of them I tend not to understand. Of course, I didn’t understand many of my parents’ directives either. I discovered later, however, that my parents were wiser than I was. God is too. I can jump God’s fences or believe He has erected them for a reason.

How are you responding to God’s fences?

Copyright by Martin Wiles, March 2016

What fences can’t fetter, God can. Tweet: What fences can't fetter, God can. Martin Wiles http://ctt.ec/zW2Ud+ #devo #God #rebellion

I can jump God’s fences or believe He has erected them for a reason. Tweet: I can jump God’s fences or believe He has erected them for a reason. Martin Wiles http://ctt.ec/jS86E+ #devo #God #safety

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MartinWiles Martin Wiles is a minister, author, speaker, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, South Carolina. He and his wife Michelle are founders of Love Lines From God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com), a devotional ministry helping those who want to enhance their spiritual journey with Christ. His latest book, Grits & Grace & God, is available at Amazon.Grits Grace God

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