Protection and Trust

"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." -Job 1:10

The interrogator was Satan. The one being questioned was God. The subject of the conversation was Job, who was described as a man who “was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1). Satan contended that if God’s protective hedge were removed, Job would no longer serve the Lord but would curse Him. Satan was wrong. After being stripped of family and possessions, Job proclaimed, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).  

During the few brief years that our children are in our safekeeping, we must teach them to trust in the Lord. There comes a time when we can no longer be with them constantly, and it is then that we must pray God will keep them from the wiles of the adversary (Eph. 6:11). 

As our children grow in the Lord, first under our protection and then under God’s protection, they will come to know His presence and, like Job, trust in Him unreservedly.