"Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
- Genesis 2:15-17
A dog with a good Master, has it made! The dog doesn't have to worry about going hungry..his Master feeds him regularly every day. The dog has a roof over his head, a warm mat to sleep on, a constant supply of clean water, yummy snacks, and even fun toys to play with. Best of all, the dog has the loving and gentle hand of his Master, that gives him protection, provision, and that guides him daily. What a great life!
Nevertheless, there are foolish dogs that habitually break away from their Master, and constantly seek to run away, thinking that will give them "true liberty." But in reality, the canine will be cold, hungry, lonely, unprotected, and without guidance. The dog might even wander into the streets, only to be run over and killed by a massive truck! What a foolish animal, right?
Sadder still are believers who act this way. Believers who refuse to stay within the loving limits of God's Word, and the safe shelter of Gods protection..like Jonah fleeing from the LORD:
"Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord." - Jonah 1:1-3
Like Adam who chose sin and was ejected from the Garden, or Peter who chose to deny Christ and ran from His presence weeping, have you been living outside of the limits of God's Word? Have you been deceived into I thinking that "true" freedom is found in fleeing from your Master..but discovered it results only in a hollow loneliness, coupled with pain and emptiness?