Bible Reading Thoughts – Job’s Hedge

I started a chronological Bible reading plan this year and today, I started the book of Job. Job has always been an interesting character to look at because of His relationship with God and his trials with Satan.

Join me in 2019, in reading your Bible through chronologically!

In Job 1:1, we see the characteristic of Job. He was a perfect and upright man and one that feareth God.

In Job 1:6-12, we see the communication between the Lord and Satan. The Lord was asking Satan if he had ever considered tempting Job. Satan knew who Job was and the kind of man he was.

In Job 1:13-19, we see the catastrophic events that changed Job’s life forever. He lost his sons and daughters, he lost his livestock, he lost everything he had.

In Job 1:21-22, we see Job counting his blessings, knowing everything he had was from the Lord.

But in this whole chapter, the thing that stuck out the most to me is found in verse 10. It says, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.” That phrase, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him” made me start thinking about my own life. Do I have a hedge about me? Is God protecting me like He protected Job?

How to get that hedge of protection from God? The answer is simple. Live a perfect and upright life, fear God and eschew evil. Easier said than done, right? We should live in such a way that God wants to protect us from Satan. Walk with God, fellowship with God, have a relationship with God. Remember, Satan can only do what God allows him to do.

Realize that even if you are in the hedges, there will still be trials and tribulations in life. Job did everything he was supposed to do, yet God still allowed him to be persecuted. When we are persecuted, remember we still have blessings to be thankful of, no matter how few they seem.

So the thought for today is this, Do I have the hedges of God’s protection around me? Or, am I just in place where it is open season for Satan to attack me?

The best place to start getting those hedges of protection is walking with God. Read your Bible and pray every day. Fellowship with Him!

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Prayer

“And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22

This is my Instagram verse of the day. I randomly wrote this verse down in my planner Sunday night, getting ready for this week and I did not know how much I would need it today.

I have some important prayer requests right now and I know I serve a great God who can take care of all the needs we have.

If you can just pray for myself and my family for God’s will and provision over the next few weeks, we would greatly appreciate it.

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What Will Your Prayers Change?

This morning, while I was reading quotes, looking for my quote of the day, the only ones that kept jumping out at me were quotes about prayer.

I know I have said it before, but we all can work on our prayer life. I believe that God wants to answer your prayers, He is just waiting on you to pray.

When we pray, pray for others. God will take care of you, when He sees that you have a heart for others and helping others.

This quote today, got me thinking, if my prayers were all answered today, what would change? Would the world around me change, would my life change, would anything change in my life? I know that I need to pray more, pray harder, pray better.

“Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” Mark 13:33

“Pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

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I do not endorse Chris Hodges or the non-denominational church he pastors at. This quote presents a good question with which we should all think about.