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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.
Satan is fuming. He has dealt Job four heavy blows in rapid succession, but the old saint is standing tall in his faith. Satan returns to God in the company of the angels another time, and God asks him:
“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” (Job. 2:3).
Doesn’t God know that Satan has set his eyes on Job for a long time because of his unyielding faith and commitment? Isn’t He aware that after Job’s resilience in the face of those cruel and painful loses, Satan is red-eyed and fuming? If God knows Satan is gunning for Job, why repeat the question that initiated Job’s tragedy in the first place?
The point is, God has not finished with Job yet. There is too much in him that God wants to expose and deal with. But more importantly, there is His glory to be revealed to Job in a way that would transform his life forever. For that reason, God must send Job through a final round of brutal assault by Satan (4-7). The good news is that Job will survive. God knows his heart and has released enough grace to bear him up (1 Cor. 10:13). He has set limits on Satan’s authority against His children; and that’s our comfort.
Your trial may not be as devastating as Job’s. Nonetheless, it may be painful enough to question God’s motive. Take heart, my friend. Receive comfort from Job’s example (2 Cor. 3-7). Your attackers can do their worst, but God has raised a standard against them (Isaiah 59:19). He has set limits to the enemy’s power against you (Job 2:6). God has opened part of His hedge around you for your perfection through suffering, and for His glory. You’ll praise Him, as Job did, when it’s over, and your life and strength have been renewed like the eagle’s (Isaiah 40:31).
So strive to know God intimately, and have the right mentality about His dealings with His children in this training arena called the world. It will make it easier for you to face every situation that comes your way in Christ. Amen.