People who pray, often ask that the Lord to place a “Hedge of Protection” around their family … someone in trouble or someone at risk.
Reference here: In the time of the Old Testament, wild animals were much more prevalent in the Middle East than they are today. The Bible mentions lions (Judges 14:5), wolves (Jeremiah 5:6), bears (1 Samuel 17:34), leopards (Hosea 13:7), and hyenas (Isaiah 13:22). Although stone walls could keep predators away from living areas and livestock, the walls would have to be very tall and would take a long time to make. Wood was not plentiful enough to waste on a fence. Instead, a hedge of thorn bushes could be induced to grow around a living compound. Thorn bushes would be too dense to crawl through, too sharp to chew through, and too deep for all but the most determined leopard to jump over. A hedge would also be a deterrent to sheep and goats seeking to escape their pen. As Satan is compared to a “lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8), a thorn hedge is an appropriate metaphor for the protection God gives His followers.
The other night as I was praying such a prayer and asking the Lord for a hedge of protection around loved ones in trouble, I paused to wonder:
“What if I am a part of that hedge of protection – a part of that nasty thorny thicket intended to protect those under my influence?”
And what am I protecting against?
- Substance abuse
- Financial recklessness
- … and more
If I am part of that hedge —
… Then what kind of husband should I be?
… What kind of father should I be?
… What kind of grandfather should I be?
… What kind of leader should I be?
… What kind of citizen should I be?
As I look out at the world from my place in that thicket of thorns, let me be a man of character … a man of principle … a man of steadfastness that will resist the evil ever persistent in trying to overcome those within my protective thicket.
And what about me … who shall me my hedge of protection?
Don Johnson – March 2016