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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

April 23, 2016

Over the last several days I have experienced the aftermath of the water heater in my house cracking causing 50 gallons of water to flood my basement. My husband was out of town, so I was left to clean up the mini-flood by myself. While I was cleaning I reflected on the scripture that told believers, “In all things give thanks” and I thanked God for His help and endurance to do the cleanup. I also thought about the flooding that took place this week in Houston, Texas where people were escaping out of their homes because of the severe rainstorm that resulted in the flooding of that city. I was grateful that my experience could not in any way compare to what I had seen on the news.

Also, my personal experience made me reflect on the story of Job and here are some of my thoughts. If you carefully read Job 1-2 you will see that the horrible afflictions and tragedy that Job experienced was not because Job was being tested but because he was highly recommended by God to Satan. God wanted Satan to know that there was someone that would not waver in their devotion and worship of Him.

Let’s review the conversation between God who is omniscient and Satan whose knowledge is limited. It reads, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.” (Job 1: 7-12)

Satan thought he knew why Job served God but he was wrong and his attack failed to produce the actions that he expected. So, in his next interaction with God this is what transpired, “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.” (Job 2:1-7)

God told Satan despite what he did to Job, Job would remain consistent in his character. Satan in his travelling throughout the earth probably saw many individuals collapse under the pressures of life and turn from worshipping and serving God; therefore, he assumed all individual would follow suit. God knew better and He allowed Satan to afflict Job again knowing Job would be able to handle the painful encounter. My question to you, “Do you know that you are capable of handling whatever situation comes your way?”

As citizens of the kingdom of God in all things, we must remember that God our King takes care of His citizens. In His Word which is the believer’s constitution He tells us not to worry or be fearful but to cast all of our cares upon Him (Psalms 34:4, Isaiah 41:10, 2 Timothy 1:7, Matthew 6:34; 12:28). He tells us He is our healer and able to deliver us out of all our afflictions (Psalms 34:19; 103:3, Isaiah 53:5). Hence, like Job, we can show Satan that with the help of God our devotion to Him will not diminish when we are under attack for we have been highly recommended.

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2 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    Encouraging post in my email today. Thanks for sharing as always!

  2. Anonymous permalink

    Amen

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