In central Kentucky where we live, parallel fences are a common sight on many thoroughbred horse farms. Several feet separate the outer fence from the inner one. Double-fencing along roads is expensive but may provide a valuable measure of safety. Horses that jump one fence are still contained for the moment, and vehicles running through the outer fence will probably be stopped before they crash through the inside one.
The outer fence keeps the animals from bolting and running into roadways or other hazards. Inner fences provide some help guiding the horses safely into areas where the handlers want to direct them. With two fences so close together it makes it possible to easily move these valuable animals between paddocks, barns, and other venues on the farm. Many of these magnificent animals are said to be ‘high strung’ or nervous by nature. The familiar double fences may have a calming effect on the horses as they are move from place to place.
These parallel fences are not so much to restrict the horses’ freedom as they are to keep them safe from harm. In the Lord’s great love, He has provided a type of double fencing for us. Much like an outer fence, His laws and principles are designed to help keep us from dangerous situations. The Holy Spirit that dwells within believers can serve as an inside fence guiding us to places where the Lord wants us to be.
Like the parallel fencing on the horse farms, God’s provisions are not aimed to restrict our true freedom. They offer us parameters that allow us to enjoy life to its fullest. Jesus prayed in His High Priestly Prayer recorded in John 17:15, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You would keep them from the evil one”. When we know God’s truth, that truth sets us free to live securely within His will. As the familiar double fences are thought to have a calming effect on the horses as they move place to place, the presence of the Lord around us can give us a sense of peace and well-being.
“In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28)
~ Brother Roy