Close fellowship with Christ does not guarantee immunity from the forces of evil. The exact opposite is true. Nevertheless, the trials and afflictions of Job declare that the powers of darkness can go only so far and no further. In Job 1:10 we have a very precious and enlightening statement. Satan was forced to admit, Hast thou not made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? What a blessed thought! What a glorious reality! This is the true position of every believer. The word translated hedge means to cover or to protect. Concerning our salvation, we are hedged about by Christs protecting love, secure for evermore. Even in this life, Satan is able to attack only with Gods permission.
The message of Job is clear. Although Jobs testings were exceptional, by looking to the Lord and trusting Him implicitly he was eventually delivered and came through his ordeal triumphant. At times the pathway of the Christian may be steep and difficult, our souls desolate within us, and the outlook seemingly hopeless. Remember Job. Yea, remember the God of J