When I was a younger Christian, every time I sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to read the book of Job, it always caused a sense of foreboding or fear. Didn’t God know this book was about tragedy, bad things happening to a man, whom God actually told Satan, was a man of complete integrity? Yes, God knows this, He is, after all, God! He did inspire the Book of Job, the entire Bible for that matter.
This morning I started reading through the Book of Job and the Holy Spirit has given me new eyes to read this beautiful story. I realize now that my former fear of this book was actually my lack of faith and trust in God. You see, not only did Job lose almost everything he had, (he and his wife survived their tragic loss), at the end of Jobs story God restores to Job twice as much as he had before. Ah, the message of hope!
The Holy Spirit whispers to me, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7. Fear is from Satan, it is one of his age-old tricks that he attempts to use in tempting us to doubt God’s love and faithfulness.
One of the things that always stands out to me when I read Job is that Satan came into the presence of God and they discussed Job. Like it was an ordinary, everyday thing. Let’s listen in to their conversation.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. TheLord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
First of all, nothing God does is every ordinary, all His works are extraordinary beyond compare! God has given Satan the authority to cause tribulation in Job’s life. But, didn’t God remember he caused Satan and his evil minions to fall from the heavens? Yes, he did, He is God!
A little further into my reading I come upon God telling Satan this, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you persuaded me to harm him without cause.” Job 2:3. Did you catch God telling Satan he persuaded Him? Can Satan even do that? Precious One, the answer is no! No one, least of all, Satan can persuade God to go against his character, which is His complete goodness for all eternity.
God knew the end of this story before it ever began. He knew that Job would continue to praise Him, the one true God, regardless of any affliction or tragedy. God did not cause Job’s plight but He did allow it to happen through the schemes of Satan.
Many times God allows trials, challenges and tribulations to come in to our life simply so we will turn to Him in complete trust and dependency. He created us to live a life dependent upon Him and him alone. Precious One, whenever you face a struggle remember that God loves you and is jealous for you. He doesn’t want the struggle to take His place in your life. He whispers to you….
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17.
I believe God gives us the story of Job to show us hard times at their worst, but throughout Jobs story we learn about our own heart condition, God’s love and His hope. Don’t give up hope, remain steadfast in the love of Christ, remembering all good things come from our Father above.
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