Fences of Protection

The fence in this picture looks almost like a corral. If this had been present in the day this church was active then it might have made a good place for the small children to play and be safely protected from dirt-slingin', wild-hoofin' horse-drawn wagons.

Most probably it was put there to keep vehicles from parking on the grass though. With pullover space a premium at times, people get very creative in their parking and too often it damages the environment.

The Bible gives us fences in the way of laws or commandments that are not meant to infringe upon our fun or freedom but to protect us from this fast-paced, dirt-slingin' secular society whose ethics and morals are quite contrary to God's desire for His children. These teachings also keep us from doing harm to ourselves and others. Fences are good for most of us who have a tendency for pushing boundaries.

Observe how the Psalmist felt about God's precepts (rules, directions, commandments)...

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. ~Psalm 19:8

The works of His hands are faithful and just; all His precepts are trustworthy. ~Psalm 111:7

I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. ~Psalm 119:93

Observing God's rules or precepts results in joy, enlightenment, trust and life in the believer. Those are some pretty good reasons to stay behind the fence!

Missionary Baptist Church
Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains


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