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The Hedge

  • Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? Haven't you made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will renounce you to your face." Job 1:9'11 WEB.

    Job was a righteous man who feared God. Because of that, God built a hedge of protection around Job and all that he owned (Job 1:10). God also blessed the work of his hands. There were many times when satan wanted to test Job, to sift him as wheat like Peter (Luke 22:31). Yet, he could not get to him because of this divine hedge that God had placed around him.

    It's that hedge I want to talk about. In a sense, God was proud of Job (1:8) and knew he could pass the test. God even told satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is none like him in the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil." To which satan sneered, "Yea, but take away his stuff and he will curse you to your face." So God basically said, "Test him, and you will see that he will not." Then He removed the hedge from Job for a season of testing.

    When the hedge was gone, satan went after Job and his family in full force, but that wasn't enough to break Job's spirit. So satan came back wanting even more access, to be able to afflict Job's physical body. "Skin for skin, all that a man has will he give for his life" (Job 2:4) were the words satan used. Again, God gave him access through the hedge. The test was to see if satan could make Job curse God, and things got really bad for Job. In the end, Job passed this test as well, and God restored everything that Job had lost, double (Job 42:12).

    Jesus told Peter: "satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat" (Luke 22:31). He had to ask God for permission to sift Peter. If I was Peter, I would have asked: "Well, what did You tell him???"

    That said, not everything we suffer in life is a test. Some things we bring on ourselves by making bad choices. If we max out a credit card on frivolous shopping, it's not God's fault when the bill comes due. Paul wrote, "Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap" (Galatians 6:7). Solomon wrote that whoever breaks a hedge may be bitten by a snake (Ecclesiastes 10:8).

    God puts a hedge around each of His children, and His commandments are for our protection. Yet, just as a parent can warn a child not to touch a hot stove, it's up to the child to obey. Why did God tell us to not commit adultery? Because we can choose to commit adultery and suffer the consequences and meltdown that follows. We are not mindless robots. We get to decide our path in this. When we choose bad things, our hedge is broken.

    Stay the course and keep a positive attitude about what you are going through. When you fall, be quick to get back up and don't wallow there. Yea, though it seems like hell on earth, it's only temporary. So resist the temptation to get angry at God. Learn to be content in your circumstance like Paul (Philippians 4:11). The enemy will have to restore double of everything he took from you when this is over.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You repair the hedge around my life. I am sorry if I have broken it, and I ask that You forgive me of anything I have done wrong. Please wash me, Lord, and I will be clean. Guide me, and I will follow. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Whenever I go through something I search myself to see if there was anything I did to bring this upon myself and when I don't find anything, I realize that God is refining me.

March 6, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

March 6, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: March 6, 2022

AMEN.  Heavenly Father,  Thank You for Your Grace and Mercy over my family. For being a hedge around us Lord. Thank You. AMEN

March 6, 2022
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

March 6, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

March 6, 2022
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Janet Sorensen
Janet Sorensen

Just a thought...I love Job and it's partly because he did get discouraged and maybe even a little mad at God but he took it to God. Sometimes when we are maybe mad at God, we don't want to admit it even to ourselves, so we find someone to blame or to take it out on in other ways. I think God is tough enough to handle our feelings. He would rather listen to us than have us abuse one of his children or creatures! So many of the Psalms are people crying out to him and asking "Why??" Job never gave up. He kept believing in God even when he didn't understand, and but he did get discouraged and he did cry out for help and mercy. He was human.

March 6, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen, Janet, well said!! Let us work on our relationship with our Lord and God, our Heavenly Father, and have ongoing conversation with Him, take everything to Him in prayer!!! (h5)

March 6, 2022
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen!

 

March 6, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen 

March 6, 2022
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen.  

March 6, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

March 6, 2022
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your hedge of protection and all You provide! Amen.

March 6, 2022
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Have A Bless Sunday 

March 6, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and amen!!! Lord, please help me to be content in what ever state I'm in, in every situation! I know that I cannot do this on my own, so please, dear Lord, give me a double portion of Your Hl.Spirit to be strong as You direct my path and do Your will, in the name of Jesus, Amen! And, please keep Your hedge and shield round about all of my loved ones far and near, all the people that I take care of, all the many brothers and sister here at RHM, all the other contacts past and present, the peace and protection of the Ukraine, even the Russian people, over here, and the rest of this world, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

 

March 6, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

March 6, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen, make me clean once again Lord!

March 6, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

March 6, 2022
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Jesus name I ask, Amen. 

March 8, 2022