“Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set” (Proverbs 22:28).
G.K. Chesterton once said, “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.” In that statement Chesterton was repeating the sentiment found in the Proverbs. Metaphorically speaking, the boundary and the fence refer to the Law of God. And we are presently living in a day where men pride themselves in tearing down the ancient boundaries, the fences, if you will, of God’s love and grace.
The longer I walk with God the more I am overwhelmed by His wisdom. I too, at one time, saw God’s laws as restrictive and confining. Frankly, I saw God as the big kill-joy in the sky. But now I see that all of His laws are loving and logical. What do I mean by that? Just this, God has given us His law because He truly loves us and wants what is best for us. Secondly, His laws make sense.
The problem with God’s laws is that they are boundaries that are more like lines drawn in the sand than a ten foot, electrified, chain link fence topped with razor wire. We have been given complete freedom to cross that line in the sand if we so choose. But, in crossing that line, we will find that there is another law at play in God’s universe, that being the law of consequence. Or as my dear mother used to say, “If you dance you have to pay the fiddler.”
I can not tell you of the countless times that individuals have come to my office, seeking some guidance as to how to put their lives back together because they crossed the line in the sand, a line that brings forth the truth of some other Proverbs. “Can a man take fire into his bosom and his clothes not be burned? Can a man walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?”