Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come from?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Job 1:6-7 NKJV
Satan presented himself to God. It was an act of submission. The Lord questioned Satan. He answered. That was also an act of submission. Satan is the god of this world. He does not have unlimited power and authority. Only God is omnipotent!
Satan is like a prowling lion seeking whom he may devour. He cannot touch a hair on your head without permission from God or your willingness to live in bondage to sin!
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” Vs 8-11
Satan accused Job of serving God for personal gain. He is the accuser of the brethren. He slandered Job by saying Job’s faithfulness to God was conditional. He said Job would curse God to His face if he lost everything. That was a lie. Satan is the father of lies.
Job was not the only righteous man on the earth. He lived during the days of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. Why did the Lord say, “There is none like him on all the earth?” Job was so careful he offered the sacrifices for sin incase his sons cursed God in their hearts.
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. Vs 12
God responded to Satan’s accusation and lies by giving him permission to inflict Job. Why would God do that? God created Job to serve Him on the earth and to be a witness of His sovereignty in the heavenly realm!
I think Job would have been surprised that he could endure such horrible trials and hardships so faithfully. I do not think God was surprised. The Lord knew Job better than Job knew himself. The Lord knew Job’s faith in God was not conditional. It was genuine!
There are many reasons why righteous people suffer. None of them make sense at the time. Some may be revealed later. Some never will. Maybe it is because we are God’s servants. Maybe we are bearing witness of His sovereignty before heaven and earth!
You will suffer trials troubles and tribulations in this life. You have God’s Word and promise on that. Maybe God will give you understanding of what is happening and why, maybe not. Do not let your faith be regulated by your circumstances!
God created you to serve Him as a faithful witness. Serve Him with a faithful heart!
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