GOD HAS A HEDGE 7-11-17
Job 1:9-10 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught? (10) Hast thou not made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
You know what that last verse means don’t you? If God done that for Job, he has done it for me. Isn’t that a blessing? I’ll give you one that you’ll like better than that; he has done it for you too. I told you that you would like it. If you look at Job 1 carefully, you will see that God never denied putting a hedge around Job and his house and he had blessed him abundantly and he had great substance. Chapter 42 verse 10 says that God had given Job twice as much as he had when he lost everything. To start with, he had 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 she asses. Job also had 7 sons and 3 daughters. God doubled all of it in chapter 42 and even gave him 7 more sons and 3 more daughters because his other children had died.
If you have read the entire book of Job, you will see by all that came on him after the Lord met with Satan; it’s pretty obvious that God did have a hedge of protection around all that pertained to Job. If we needed to fear anything, it wouldn’t be what Satan would do to us but rather that God wouldn’t let down the hedge around us. Job was in such agony and misery throughout his ordeal, that he prayed that God would turn back time and erase the day that he was born. Of course we all know that God didn’t do that but rather gave him grace to endure it all. Just like Apostle Paul found out much later, Job too found that God’s grace was sufficient ( 2 Corinthians 12:9).
If you begin to go through the scripture, you will begin to see that there are a lot of instances where God obviously had a hedge around a lot of his children. If you look in the book of Genesis, you will find the story of the sons of Jacob, Joseph and all of his brothers. If you read the life of Joseph, you will find that it was filled with tragic events. From being hated by his brothers because he was Jacob’s pick; to being taken captive and nearly killed by his brothers. He was also later sold as a slave to “Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.” That wasn’t too bad because Potiphar saw that the Lord was with Joseph and blessed everything he done. He then made him Lord over all that he had and didn’t even know what he had but trusted Joseph to look after all of his affairs. But, when the Lord starts blessing there is always the devil close by ready to throw a monkey wrench into the works. Such was the case with Joseph. It wasn’t nothing of his own doing but the wickedness of Potiphar’s wife that got Joseph into trouble. One day while he was alone in the house with her, after having rejected her advances and outright propositions on numerous occasions, she tried again to the point of grabbing him by his garment. When she did this, Joseph just left her holding the garment and ran. That was a good thing but the fact he left her holding his garment was a bad thing. With garment in hand, she devised a story to tell her husband that made it sound like Joseph was at fault. That lie got Joseph put into the prison. While there, he interpreted the dreams of a butler and baker that had also been cast into prison. The butler after having been restored to his job said he would remember him yet he forgot him. Two years later, Pharaoh told the butler about a dream he had that no one could interpret. The butler then remembered Joseph and told the king that Joseph would interpret for them. To make a long story shorter, Joseph interpreted and thus won his release from prison. Eventually, Pharaoh put all things that he owned into Joseph’s hand. And thus the Lord set up Joseph in the position to be able to help his brothers when famine hit in Israel. To me, that would show that God had a hedge around him and preserved him.
Let me mention, in not so much detail, the story of Daniel in the den of lions and how God shut the lion’s mouths during the whole night. Then when the king came in the morning after a sleepless night, Daniel let him know he was fine. As a result, the ones that had conspired against Daniel were thrown into the den of lions with their families and the lions devoured them. That is in Daniel chapter 6 but prior to that in chapter 3, we find the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They refused to bow to the kings idols and were thrown into the fiery furnace. As a result of the enormous heat, the ones that put them in were killed when they opened the door. There are also numerous accounts of when David was on the run from Saul, that God preserved him. Not to mention Jonah who spent three days in the belly of the whale when he was on the run from God. Ruth was another one. God not only protected this girl with a hedge, but allowed her to be among the people in the lineage of Christ.
There are numerous other ones I could mention but I won’t for sake of time. I believe though, if you look back in your life at some of the events you can see where God has a hedge around you too. I have no intention of worshipping God for naught. I want God’s hedge around me. I need the divine protection, comfort, and peace of God. I hope this has in some way blessed you and helped show you that God does have a hedge around you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!