Text: Ecclesiastes 10: 8. He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
A hedge is a boundary or fence that is built around a house or an object for protection.
As believers, there’s a hedge of God’s protection around us.
It is God’s duty to protect His own.
The Bible tells us in Psalms 121 that God our keeper neither slumber nor sleeps, He will keep us from all evil.
As the Israelites journeyed to the promised land, the Bible tells us the hedge of the pillar of a cloud that God had used by day to protect and lead them, and another pillar of fire by night to give them light. Exodus 13:21.
If God did it before, He will do it today because He never changes. Hebrews 13:8.
Prophet Zechariah tells us again according to his vision that God will be a protective wall of fire around His own. Zechariah 2:5 NLT.
The Psalmist also makes us know that “just as the mountain surrounds Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people”. Psalms 125:2.
The hedge of God’s protection is around His own and everything that belongs to him, including his business, academics, and family.
When God mentioned Job to the devil in Job 1:8, Satan’s response was amazing thus; Job 1: 10. 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.
The hedge of God’s protection brings about peace of mind.
But our Bible text tells us that a hedge can be broken, and when it is broken, the serpent will strike.
Yes, God is love but according to our scripture, we must understand that man can deliberately break the hedge of God’s shelter.
There’s a part to play in remaining under the hedge of God’s protection.
We must understand that outside the hedge, is the serpent moving to and fro looking for the slightest opportunity to strike.
How can a hedge be broken?
A failure to keep God’s commandments would break open the hedge of God’s protection.
When a man decides to live in sin and unrighteousness and flesh, it will easily open the hedge of God’s protection.
* A Life Of fornication and adultery would open the hedge. A good example can be seen in the life of Samson, when he persisted in his immoral and careless lifestyle, the secret of his power was revealed right on the thighs and bosom of Delilah, and he lost his eyes and died miserably with his enemies. See Judges 16.
* A Life Of disobedience would break the hedge. We can see some good Biblical examples like Saul, who disobeyed the instructions of the Lord by failing to completely destroy the Amalekites and their animals. The Lord regretted ever making him king and replaced him with David. See 1 Samuel 15.
Achan in Joshua 7, is another example. After his disobedience and theft, He was stoned to death.
* A Life Of unforgiveness would break the hedge of God’s protection.
* A Life Of greed would break the hedge of God’s protection.
* A Life Of Jealousy and hatred breaks the hedge of God’s protection. We can take the example of Cain and Abel, how Cain became jealous and angry and killed his brother Abel after God had rejected his offering. See Genesis 4.
Any life or activity that contradicts the word of God, will break the hedge of God’s protection.
As soldiers of the cross, God wants us to be battle conscious, we must be mindful of the enemy who walks about, seeking an opportunity to strike.
A broken hedge can be struck by afflictions, diseases, untimely death and all sorts of evil.
Guard your life with all diligence and be upright in your services to the Lord, it will keep the serpent far away from your life.
May God bless you and help you win all your battles in Jesus’ name.