I have experience with putting up fences. At our ranch we have installed over 3600 t-posts and strung the barbed wire to them to fence apart pastures for grazing. We also use electric fence. Whenever we had someone come to work for us, they had to grab the electric fence so they would know it was something they needed to be less afraid of than a cow with horns coming at them.
We had an electric fence put up around an area where we put piglets. One day, it was time for us to give the piglets their shots. I went out with my little cooler full of syringes, needles, and medicine. I turned off the solar charger that puts power to the fence, and turned around to get set up. My husband came out and “turned off” the fence, but had actually turned it back on! One of the guys grabbed a piglet, and I reached over to get the shot, and grabbed the electric fence and got zapped. Another guys shouted, “Look at that, she’s riding the lightning!” I can look back on it now and laugh. Then, not so much.
Many western states in America are fence out states. These laws were a series of statutes established in the late nineteenth century. One of the interesting aspects of this law pertains to livestock. Is it the property owner’s responsibility to fence the livestock in, or the neighbor’s responsibility to fence them out? Hence the law of fence out. If the fence is on a joint property boundary, then the fence they put up becomes my responsibility to keep maintained as well.
Good fences make for good neighbors.
Putting up and maintaining fences is hard work. You need the proper tools and supplies to get it done right. You also need to dress properly for stringing barbed wire. We once had a young kid in his 20’s hired to help, and told him he needed to wear jeans, boots, and have a pair of sturdy gloves. He showed up for work wearing shorts and flip flops and no gloves. We sent him home. We can’t have someone get hurt because they did not pay attention.
They same holds true for us. God set fences in place through His Word that keeps us from getting hurt if we stay within the boundaries He has established. He tells us what is required so that we don’t show up without the proper tools and supplies. Or better yet, it would be like bringing a knife to a gunfight.
Boundary lines have been set by the Lord and the enemy cannot cross them. But you still have the free will to show up in shorts and flip flops and give the enemy permission to cross what God has established. In doing so, you will get hurt. We need to pay attention to what God is telling us, because He loves us and wants only the best for us. He knows how hard the upcoming day is going to be, so He gives us clear instructions to follow so that we can remain mindful of His presence, and therefore will not get hurt.
Granted, even when I was properly dressed, barbed wire is nasty business, and I still got poked, scratched, and had to mend clothes where they caught and tore. But it would have been worse otherwise. God did not tell us that there would be no trials in our lives. He told us if we stay close to Him and follow His Word, we will be okay. We might get poked, scratched and have hearts to mend when they caught and tore, but it is not a permanent hurt. It can be fixed and repaired. God fences us out and fences us in, because His love covers every alternative.
So please listen and “stay always within the boundaries where God’s love can reach and bless you.” (Jude 21 [TLB])
But you will still have to ride the lightning, because you want to be less afraid of a little zap than getting charged at by the devil with horns!
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