Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
We are all somewhat familiar with the story of Job. He was very, very wealthy. Satan was allowed to take away all his belongings, his family, his wealth, his friends, his health, –everything but his life. And still Job blessed God and did not curse Him. At the end, all was restored.
But the thing that made Job wealthy and prosperous was his consistent life dedicated to God, his prayer, his obedience, his honoring the Lord. So much so, God didn’t only bless him with worldly stuff, He also blessed Job with protection. Satan, in his accusation, said You’ve put a hedge around him – a protection – nothing can harm or hurt Job. Job knew that all his belongings, even his sons and daughters belong to God. Job was merely a good steward of God’s stuff. So when it was all taken away from Job, Job didn’t whine, complain, or get all anxious or fretful because it wasn’t his to begin with. Did he suffer loss? Yes. But it was God that had control of Job’s heart, not the worldly things. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Mt 6:21). Job’s treasure was not in the things that make you wealthy in this world, his treasure was in the eternal, in his relationship with God. So did God put a hedge around Job’s things, or around his heart?
When we’re beset by loss, by failure, by rejection, do we mourn our loss, or do we turn to God, who loves us more than any of the things we lose can. God can make a hedge around us, like He did with Job. That our love for Him will not falter, even in the midst of crisis and loss.
Give me the heart of Job. Let me be so devoted to You O God, that everything else pales in comparison. That in spite of what my circumstances show me, I will remain faithful and true to You. AMEN