OUR HEDGE Andy Hollifield 9-18-18
Job 1:10 Hast thou not made an 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.
The word “hedge” is used in the bible only nine times. Ezekiel 13:5 says “Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.” Probably the most well-known scripture is Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Three times the word “hedge” is mentioned associated with the word “thorns.” I am glad most of all that a couple of times, it is also mentioned as a defence.
Romans 2:11 tells us that God is that God is no respecter of persons. If he had a hedge around Job, then he has one around us also. Paul told the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful…” God may allow it to come on us but he is faithful to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Psalms 91:4 says “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” We have his wings covering us and a shield to protect our front as we go on for him. Psalms 23:6 tells us “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” It also tells us in verse 3 that he leads us. Verse 4 tells us we don’t have to fear evil. If we will just follow his lead, we will be constantly protected from the enemy. One of the greatest verses is probably 2 Corinthians 12:9 where he says, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” HIS grace is enough and HIS strength is made is made perfect in our weakness. In 2 Kings 6:17, Elisha prayed and asked God to open his servant’s eyes. Although they were still surrounded by the enemy army, what he finally saw was that “…The mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” Just to know that along with everything else I have already mentioned, to know that is what is surrounding us should bring great peace and comfort. Four places in scripture tell us that the Lord will fight for us. In 1 Samuel 17:47 the bible tells us that “…The battle is the Lord’s, and he will give it into our hands.” In 2 Chronicles 20:15, Jahaziel tells Judah, Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat, “Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor be dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” On down in verse 17 he tells them “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you…” “Just sit and watch what God does” is what he was saying.
Finally, in Ephesians 6:11 Paul tells the Ephesians to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Then he goes on to describe the armor and tells us in 13 and 14 “…And having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore…” He continues talking about the armor but never tells us to advance. His next words in verse 18 is “Praying always…” You’ve got God’s hedge around you and his host surrounding you, and his armor on, so fight with prayer and perseverance. In 1 John 4:4 it says “…Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” In 2 Chronicles it says “There be more with us than with him.” We have a hedge alright, and we also have the God that put it there and he is still able to take care of his own. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!