“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee;”
Deuteronomy 28:15“And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.” Deuteronomy 28:52
The Holy Spirit grabbed my heart one day and showed me something I never could have seen on my own. The significance, and conviction it brings, is awesome. See how He moves on your heart reading this.
You may be familiar in the Old Testament with the blessings promised to the children of Israel who chose obedience to God as well as the curses promised to those who lived in rebellion against Him. I had read them numerous times. But have you ever noticed the words, “fenced walls”? I had not. God warned the people that along with numerous other horrific, horrible consequences for their disobedience, they would be cursed by another nation attacking them and taking them into captivity and bondage. God’s Word not only says the very “fenced walls” they had believed would protect them against their enemy would be brought down! But His Word also says they had TRUSTED IN their “fenced walls”!
How many of us have erected “fenced walls” around our hearts and lives whereby we believe we can remain in our sin, disobedience, and rebellion against God without suffering consequences in our present lives as well as regarding where we will spend eternity? And trust in our “fenced walls” instead of God? And have hearts hardened by our sin as we convince ourselves our sin doesn’t matter, God’s not angry, we’ll never pay the price for our sin, that we’ll make it to heaven anyway, that we can have a beautiful relationship with God now on earth anyway, that we won’t suffer as a result of our sin on earth or ever, that we’re not causing great suffering to others because of our sin, that we’re not lacking the fullness of the Lord’s blessings most importantly an amazing forever relationship with Him because of our sin, that we’re going to keep getting away with our sin if we’re getting away with it at all, that we don’t need to get our acts together, that we don’t need to repent – NOW – and turn to God? How foolish, how dangerous, how life- and eternity-threatening, how deadly it is for us to trust in our “fenced walls” that at some point in time will be demolished. What then will we say when we stand before the Lord? What will we face when the fenced walls come tumbling down? This is a wake-up call, is it not? Let’s wake up now – before it’s too late.