Reckon, it nothing but joy wherever you find yourself hedged in by the various trials, be assured that the testing of your faith leads to power of endurance.
(James 1:2-3 WEYMOUTH)
God hedges in His own in order to protect them. Yet often they only see the wrong side of the hedge and therefore misunderstand His actions. And so it was with Job when he asked, “Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?” (Job 3:23). Ah, but Satan knew the value of that hedge! He challenged the LORD saying, “Have you not put a hedge around (Job) and his household and everything he has?” (Job 1:10).
Onto the pages of every trial there are narrow shafts of light that shine. Thorns will not prick you until you lean against them, and not one will touch you without God knowing. The words that hurt you, the letter that caused you pain, the cruelty of your closet friend, your financial need – they are all known to Him. He sympathizes as no one else can and watches to see if through it all, you will dare to trust Him completely.