Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hedge of Protection

Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-10, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15

We ask every day for God to watch over us, to protect us. Fortunately for us, He has a vested interest in His children. He keeps us from total devastation, even if some afflictions hit us. We are built to withstand the suffering that does come, as long as we maintain our faith.

His hedge of protection is strong. It help us when we are travelling in stormy weather. It keeps us from breaking bones every time we fall. It shows us the rainbow at the end of our gloomy days.

Many people believe that they are the captain of their own destiny, the master of their fate. If that were true, the human race would have been wiped out long before these words could be written. The truth is that God protects us, not just from principalities and powers sent to afflict us, but from ourselves. How many of us could have withstood forty days and nights, in the wilderness, daily tempted by Satan? Jesus was able to sustain, not because He was the Son of God, but because He was a child of God. Since we are all God's children, we have that same strength, that same power, to abstain from demonic temptations.

As Langston Hughes would say, "Life ain't no crystal stair", but with the hedge of protection from God, that stairway of life is manageable and navigable. We will not falter because we have faith. We will not fail because have faith. We will see the rainbow at the end of the storm because we have faith.

Be faithful and stay within the hedges.