Verse: “The Lord asked Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’ ‘From roaming through the earth,’ Satan answered, ‘and walking around on it.’ Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.’” Job 1:7-8
“The English rendering of Job’s name comes from the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament. The Hebrew form reflects a name that is common in the ancient Near East, meaning ‘where is the heavenly father.’” (HCSB Study Bible)
Most Christians are familiar with the man named Job. But few actually know the details of his story. This might be one of the clearest examples of spiritual warfare. As always Satan stands as the ultimate accuser. Job, a faithful man who the Devil insists only loves the Lord, as long as there are blessings involved.
Job was a wealthy man known for his integrity. Fortune in this time was measured by the size of one’s land, livestock, and number of servants. In today’s age Job would be the guy driving the nice car and living in the mansion. The man was loaded with wealth. But little did he know how much it would soon change…and everything would be lost.
“Job’s life is about to be caught up in heavenly strategies as the scene moves from earth to heaven, where God is holding council with His heavenly court. Neither Job nor his friends ever knew about this. The angelic host came to God’s throne to render account of their ministry throughout the earth and heaven. Like a Judas among the apostles, Satan was with the angels. Emboldened by the success he had with the unfallen Adam in Paradise, he was confident that the fear of God in Job…would not stand the test. …Lest there be any question about God’s role in this ordeal, it was He who initiated the dialogue. The adversary was not presiding. If anything, Satan raised the penetrating question that might well be asked by anyone, perhaps even Job himself: Does Job serve God with pure motives, or is he in it only as long as the blessings flow?” (John MacArthur Study Bible)
To begin, yes. You did read that correctly. According to Scripture Satan still has access to Heaven after his fall from grace. It is not until Revelation 12:7 amidst the Tribulation that the Dragon and his angels are forever barred from entering into God’s Kingdom. Secondly…Yes. God allowed Job to suffer and lose everything.
Why though would God allow such tragedy to occur to a man as wholesome as Job? He lost his health, wealth, and children. Many today frown upon the road marked with suffering- and rightfully so. No one likes to experience pain or difficulties. Yet the Book of Job proves that genuine, saving faith, cannot be destroyed no matter the circumstances. Satan was wrong.
Furthermore, that God is sovereign. Job had many questions that went unanswered. But he knew that the Lord was in control. As in the case with Job, God never promised a peaceful and bliss journey through life…but rather only a peaceful and bliss landing for those who trust fully in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Despite our limited nearsightedness The Father is always working.
How would you respond in Job’s situation? What if you lost everything? Would God still be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent? Is your faith in God dependent upon only the number of blessings in your life which can be counted? Would you shut the Lord out if a tragedy occurred? Job experienced many emotions throughout this journey. He complained, demanded justice, and questioned The Father. I can only imagine how sad, angry and frustrated he was throughout this experience.
However, in the end he survived the ultimate battle ground of spiritual warfare, and was humbled in The Lord’s presence. His fortunes were restored. Though most importantly, Job’s faith was proven authentic and righteous regardless of the conditions.
Throughout these moments we must recall the promises of Scripture. Christians are to cast all of our anxieties upon God the Father, no matter how large or small (1 Peter 5:7). For the Lord your God says do not fear (Isaiah 41:13). He is the Light of our salvation, and the stronghold of our life. So whom shall we be afraid of? (Psalm 27:1)
Definitions: Provided by Matt Slick, Christian Apologetic Research Ministry
- Omniscient– This is an attribute of God the Father. It is the quality of having all knowledge (Isaiah 40:14).
- Omnipresent– This is an attribute of God the Father. It is the quality of being present in all places at all times (Jeremiah 23:24). God is not bound by time or space. Yet Creation is separate from God, and nature is not part of God (Pantheism).
- Omnipotent– This is an attribute of God the Father. It is the quality of having all power (Psalm 115:3).
Quote: “The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials.” George Muller
Additional Readings: Job 1, Isaiah 13, John 16:33, Ephesians 6: 10-20, Revelation 12
Prayer: Father God, give me a saving faith- one righteous and courageous like Job’s. A faith that is not dependent upon the number of blessings I have or pain-free circumstances. Carry me along those difficult journeys. Give me perspective and wisdom. And may my eyes always be centered on Christ. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.