An Invisible Fence
It used to be that if one wanted his dog to run free in his yard, he had to fence in his property. Now, however, one can do the same with an invisible fence, which is a wire buried just beneath the topsoil around the edge of one’s property. The dog wears a special electronic collar, so when it approaches the wire, it is stopped by an electrical jolt.
God has given each of us an invisible fence. We are privileged to experience an inner voice called the conscience that warns us when we are approaching forbidden territory. To cross these boundaries will cause heartache and grief, so God gives us ample warnings.
But like Balaam, we can become so numb to God’s voice that we tune out his warnings and his guidance. We may even get to the point where we no longer feel the occasional, loving jolt of his discipline.
Do not become so desensitized and seared in conscience that you cannot hear God. If you are his child, remember what J. Oswald Sanders wrote in his book A Spiritual Clinic:
“Every conscience needs instruction. Its delicate mechanism has been thrown off balance by the Fall. Just as a bullet will reach the bull’s-eye only if the two sights are in correct alignment, so correct moral judgments are delivered only when the conscience is correctly aligned with the Scriptures.”
Lord, help me to remain faithful to your call and to resist compromise. And help me to resist Satan’s deception. Grant me contentment in this life the world may never understand. Remind me to be grateful for all you have blessed me with. And remind me when I get too close to the flames of judgment and the way of Balaam to repent, step back, and move quickly toward your forgiveness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Holman Old Testament Commentary