Righteousness The Hedge of Protection
Job is known in the bible as the man who endured an unbelievable amount of suffering in a short time. He is known to be a righteous man, a man of truth who abstained from every form of evil. His commitment to righteousness caught God’s eye, God bragged about Job’s righteous obedience to Satan, saying” there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Unfortunately, Satan was not impressed, he responded with the usual negative and dark response we would expect by someone who is cynical and hateful, a being who looks for evil instead of the good. Yea, he responded. He’s only obeying you because you have blessed him, you’ve basically bought his love and obedience. If you take away all of his money and the goodies you have given him, he will curse you to your face. Alright, let’s see if what you say is true. Everything he has in in your hands, says the Lord, only do not touch his body. Thus, Satan was given permission to take away everything Job had, including his ten children. Yet, upon the loss Job says, the Lord has given and the Lord has taken away, blessed be his name!
Notice before this conversation and attack, Satan said he had been walking throughout the earth back and forth on it. What was he doing on those long walks? He was walking about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour but he discovered he could not devour Job because there was a hedge of protection surrounding him and all he owned. Satan implied that he tried to attack Job but was unsuccessful because of the hedge of protection that surrounded him. None of Satan’s plans or schemes were able to penetrate the hedge. Although Satan may have tried to curse him or attack him, the attack was spoiled because Job was righteous therefore, there was no cause. Things go well for the righteous and a causeless curse will have no effect on the righteous. Isaiah 3:10, Proverbs 26:2 Scripture says the righteous are delivered from trouble but it comes upon the wicked instead. Proverbs 11:8