“FENCE”: a barrier or other upright structure enclosing an area of ground to mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.
We live on a corner lot and are extending our back side yard by moving our fence out towards the sidewalk. Our motorhome is set to rest there.
Having lived under the protection of gated communities the last 15 years … I am thankful for the tight “hedge of protection” our fence & cement guy is providing for our new home.
This took me to a ponder … the “hedge of protection” … I am pretty sure it comes from the book of Job … it makes sense … the poor guy certainly needed a hedge of protection! But, what I was unsure of was the situation surrounding the hedge. Did God build the hedge or did he call Job to build the hedge? Does scripture specifically call out the hedge for protection against the evil one? Why does Job’s hedge seem rather faulty? It wasn’t long before I realized I used this term frequently, prayerfully, and it seems … rather (scripturally) loosely. Hmmmm….
It turns out “hedge of protection” does not appear in scripture in those exact words … or even in the context with which I was using it. In Job 1:10 & 11, Satan claims that if God removes the “hedge”, the blessings of prosperity He has provided, Job will curse Him.
God does remove the hedge. Job does loose almost everything that prospered him. Job does NOT curse God. In fact, Scripture tells us that he fell to the ground … worshipped and said: “The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
The thing is … this context is not about the “hedge” … but, the response to the hedge. It is about worshipping the Lord wether He gives or takes away.
There are many scriptures that speak of God’s protection over His people. I picture spiritual airbags for when I crash and spiritual motion detectors, alarms & pepper spray that defuses danger when it is near.
The truth is … I need protection because I am vulnerable … because I live in a “fallen” world. In some instances, the spiritual air bags may not deploy … the pepper spray may not diffuse danger. My only absolute, ultimate protection & security … is faith in Christ.
In Psalm 91, God does not promise that the worst this world has to offer won’t come upon us, but when it does, we are not alone, abandoned, or destroyed.
The Theology of Sandi now believes my protection is not in a “hedge” … but is my faith in the sovereignty of our Father.
I shall ponder … #SunriseSandi #SandiPonders #Fence