“Hurry Mom! Cosette ran off. Max came to get me,” my daughter called to me.
I ran to the door and saw my 90-pound poodle staring up at me. “Where is she? Show me,” I said to Max. He raced around the side of the house and zipped up and down the line of the invisible fence that faced the wooded area next to a busy road.
An invisible fence surrounds our yard to protect our dogs from wandering. Since both my dogs now know the boundary, half the time I don’t bother with their collars. Big mistake this day. A passing deer was too much temptation for my huntress.
“Cosette,” I yelled. “Come; come now!”
My heart flipped when my daughter spotted a blur of white racing along the road filled with five o’clock traffic. Finally, she pranced home happy from her chase. Later we noticed her limp—and a trail of blood.
The next day, both poodles clamored to join my husband and me on our walk. But Cosette’s injured paw meant she couldn’t come. She didn’t connect missing out on a walk with her earlier disobedience. I’m sure she felt like we were punishing her, when we just wanted to protect her so she could heal.
As those big brown eyes implored me, I reflected on how our own disobedience to God’s laws can leave us too injured to enjoy legitimate pleasures. And, like Cosette, we fail to realize we’ve brought the loss upon ourselves. We may even blame God for our pain.Some see God as a stern disciplinarian waiting to swat His children when they step out of line. But the Bible portrays a compassionate Father #warning us about the consequences of sin. Click To Tweet
How Do You View God?
Some people view God as a stern disciplinarian waiting to swat His children when they step out of line. But the Bible portrays a compassionate Father warning us about the consequences built into every sin. Just as blisters are the natural result of a burn, so each sin carries its own consequence (James 1:14-17). And, like Cosette’s cut, when the consequence isn’t immediately apparent, we fail to connect the cause and effect.
God’s commandments protect us from the burns and bruises of sin.
The serpent tempted Eve to doubt God’s word and good character. The heart of temptation is rooted in these same doubts about God. Does God really mean what He said? Is He holding out on us?
The better we know Jesus the less power these doubts hold over us. Knowing the character and love of our Lord is our best protection against sin.
Are you wrestling with a biblical limit? Does a particular temptation seem too hard for you? We have a High Priest who is able to rescue us. And God has provided the help of the Holy Spirit to ensure victory.
A week later and Cosette is still limping. Tomorrow we visit the vet. God forgives us of our sins, but some consequences affect us far longer than the passing pleasure of sin.
The wise see biblical fences as protective guardrails, not as prison bars. How we view God affects how we follow His commandments. What benefits have you found living within God’s fenced in yard?
How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands” (Ps. 119:9-10 NIV).
Give Yourself a Break and Give Yourself a Break From Temptation and Spiritual Attacks (E-book coming soon!)
Temptation is common. But victory isn’t. Whether we fight impatience or wrestle with pride, greed, discouragement, or sexual temptation, God has promised a way out of each snare.
The Christian life was designed to be lived in partnership with the Lord. Give Yourself a Break from Temptation and Spiritual Attacks will equip you to recognize and win the battles that tempt you to live according to your human nature without God’s power. It is the fourth book in the Give Yourself a Break e-book series.
This series covers the same lessons found in the original Give Yourself a Break ten-chapter study. The smaller two-topic e-books allow readers to choose the lessons most pertinent to them.