Word at Work July 28, 2016

Scripture: Job 1:8-12

Job 1:8-10 says, “Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’ So Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? 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 see in this interaction between God and satan that the Lord is pointing out Job, who is blameless, upright, fears God and shuns evil. In other words, Job is a man who walks in faith. Satan responds that God had built a hedge around him. The Hebrew word for “hedge” is peh-rets. It is the same word we see in Ezekiel 13:5. And because Job has a hedge around him, nobody can get to him. That is the issue that satan is bringing up. He goes on to say in verses 11,12, “’But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!’ And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.’ So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.” God told satan to do his worst, yet spare Job’s life. In Job, God opened the hedge to give satan access to His servant. But it shows us that when the hedge is down, the enemy has full access to a person or a nation. America’s hedge is down and the enemy is coming in. The question is, what are we going to do about it as a church and as a nation? Warriors arise and stand in the breach!

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