Christians like to pray a “hedge of protection” around themselves and the ones they love. However, many times it is this “hedge” that we are protesting. God will take us on a journey that exposes our inadequacies and inabilities and reveals our need for Him. He allows us to wrestle with Him until we finally die to self and arise in the likeness of Christ.
During this struggle, God will grow this “hedge” high around us, limiting our sphere of influence. He isolates us and does a work in our inner person, perfecting and refining us. We complain because we feel alone, and we think that God is preventing us from fulfilling the great purposes He has created for us.
But He is not limiting us. He is breaking us, and the Enemy does not want any person to be broken before God. Satan knows that a humble, meek spirit is a mighty force in God’s powerful hands. So God creates a “hedge,” so the beautiful process of breaking is not interrupted or thwarted.
It is interesting that the process of breaking in our own personal hedge seems inconvenient and even a waste of time to this temporal world, but it is a magnificently essential process in the eyes of eternity. Our brokenness allows the light of God to shine through our lives and nothing could be more breathtaking than a person surrendered to God’s glory.
“The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: ‘I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.'” – Isaiah 57.15 (NLT)