Our goats have been taking their freedom to graze too far. We have found them again and again going down the road in search of food. They have feed, plants, and other things to make their bellies full around the house.
My husband I have decided to “ground” the goats to the fenced in yard around the house for a while. For the first few days the goats met us at the gate to be let out to graze. When we kept them inside the yard they bleated, whined, and protested loudly that they were being treated unfairly.
The thing is, we were protecting them from being hit by cars or trucks on the road. They couldn’t understand what we knew was a possible danger. After a while, the goats quit bleating their protests and found contentment inside their boundaries.
We are a lot like the goats. We think we “need” what is outside our boundary line. That somehow God is keeping us from all the fun. What we don’t know is the kind of dangers God is keeping away from us by keeping us inside the boundary.
God has been giving us boundaries since mankind was created. We test them, break them, and challenge them until we learn the hard way that God was right the whole time. In His great wisdom, God provided us with commandments to give us the guidelines to live a life honoring to each other, but more importantly honoring to God (see Matthew 22:37-39).
Where are your boundaries? What has God tried to show you to avoid to keep you safe from unnecessary heartbreak and harm? Have you listened? If you have broken out of the boundaries, ask forgiveness. First John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
When we embrace the area that God has given us, learning and listening to the Holy Spirit, we can then pray like Jabez did in 1 Chronicles 4:10 that God would enlarge my territory. Until we learn that God’s wisdom is the best wisdom and His boundaries are for a purpose we cannot find contentment in the boundaries.
*see Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend for more perspective on boundaries