Summary: How God utilizes a variety of ways to teach us—and adversity is one of His most effective teachers.
Before I leave this point about a personal hedge of protection, I want you to notice something very important: You can pray for a hedge of protection around those you love. Parents and grandparents you should pray for a hedge of protection around your children and grandchildren. Husbands and wives, you can pray for God to put a hedge around your mate so they will stay faithful to you. This can be illustrated from the story of Hosea and Gomer in the Old Testament. Hosea’s wife, Gomer, was an adulteress. When she wandered away from her husband God put up a hedge to keep her from being unfaithful. The entire story is an allegory of how Israel tried to be unfaithful to God. God said, “Therefore I will hedge her way with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. She will chase after her lovers but not catch them...then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for I was better off than now.’” (Hosea 2:6-7) If your mate is working or traveling in an area where there is sexual temptation, you should pray for God to hedge them in!
Job was the kind of father who prayed for a hedge of protection around his children. Job 1:5 says, Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom. (Job 1:5) Job realized God had called him to be the spiritual leader of his family. There is an important question I want to ask every man: Are you being a good spiritual leader for your family? Is it your regular custom, sir, to worship and pray and intercede on behalf of your family? If you want to learn what it means to be a spiritual leader I challenge you to join me starting this Friday morning at 6 a.m. in the Galilee Room as we start Men’s Fraternity. I’m going to start a study for 10 weeks this fall called “The Quest for Authentic Manhood.” If you need something new in your spiritual life, this can be what you’re looking for. It’s for men of all ages, both single and married. You can sign up at the table in the foyer, or just show up at 6 a.m. this Friday. I dare you. I double-dog dare you guys to apply yourself to become a real spiritual leader!
(2) We need God’s hedge nationally
I believe God puts hedges of protection around nations as well. Since our nation’s birth, it’s obvious God’s hand of blessing has been on us. It’s because people who feared God and acknowledged God was the source of all liberty and freedom founded our nation.
The television station I watch more than any other is the History Channel. During the past few weeks I’ve watched some programs about the battles in the South Pacific and the D-Day Invasion. God’s blessing and guidance was obviously upon our nation during that time. But as you know during the 1960s a trend started to kick God out of the public arena. It’s been gaining momentum over the past three decades.
As I’ve said before, the attacks of 9/11 weren’t just a wake up call; they were a kneel-down call to America. The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation who God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12). The scripture is clear about what happens to nations who reject God. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psalm 9:17)