Being on a chain suggests restriction of liberty, loss of choices. It’s what we do to animals. We tether them at our pleasure, without consulting them, either for our convenience or for their security. In a way, the follower of Christ is tethered to the Lord.
But he knows the pathway that I take;
if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.
Job 23:10 NET
God guides us through life, and often we don’t have the slightest idea why things happen, why events occur, why life takes this or that sharp turn.
Job insisted on his integrity, knowing that God is sovereign and active. He had no idea what was happening, but he felt tied, in a way, to God, by God.
Times are when I feel a pull on the chain. I don’t know what it’s about, no idea why it happens, the pain is sharp and unexpected, but one thing is certain: I know that the Lord does all for our good, for my security, for the progress of his project in this world.
In this way, to be tethered to the Lord is a pleasure for me. Because I know nothing, only to trust in his infinite goodness.