Father, Build a Hedge

This entry is part 17 of 30 in the series Praying For The Prodigal

Heavenly Father, please provide emotional, physical, and spiritual protection for the children within my church family by building hedges of protection around them (Job 1:10).

Job was a righteous man according to God. Let that sink in. Scripturally and theologically we know that this does not imply perfection but rather faith. The remainder of the book, and Job’s repentance at the end clarifies that. However, Job was a man of faith, and that faith has always been the pathway of salvation. Hundreds of years before Jesus went to the cross, Job was made righteous by faith – a righteousness communicated by the yet to be spilled blood of Christ.
Job’s faith was manifest in his prayers. He interceded for his children just in case they needed it (Job 1:5).

Job’s prayer and job’s righteousness by faith were mechanisms of God’s manifest grace and protection in Job’s life – a life that was physically off limits to Satan. God had placed a “hedge of protection” around Job and all that he had. While Satan accused God of buying Job’s love – a lie revealed by Job’s faithfulness amid loss – God’s protection had the effect of keeping the Devil away from Job.
God had his reasons for protecting Job, and while we are never quite given clarity in the book of Job, God also had reasons to remove that protection for a season. More than likely it was to teach Satan a lesson (Ephesians 3:10) even though Job learns from it all as well (Job 42-5-6).
We can ponder the reasoning endlessly or we can cast our eyes back on the fact of the hedge. God had placed a hedge around Job that blocked the enemies efforts to destroy him.
The same word is used the same way in the book of Hosea. In Hosea God asks his prophet to marry an unfaithful woman in order to build in microcosm a picture of how Israel had been unfaithful to God. As the second chapter begins, Hosea lays plans to stop his wife Gomer from acting like a hooker. Hosea’s plan was to blockade her from doing worse with a hopeful eye toward her repentance.
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, And I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths. “She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; And she will seek them, but will not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my first husband, For it was better for me then than now!’” (Hosea 2:6–7, NASB95)
What Hosea was unable to successfully do, but what God certainly did was to build a hedge protecting Job from assault from the enemy.
God is able to do the same in our prodigals. Today, cry out for God to protect both ourselves and our loved ones from the world, the flesh, and the devil.

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