Job is one of those books of the Bible that I read in awe. The list of lessons I can learn from this book is never-ending. It teaches us how to mourn and that grief is okay. It teaches us how and how not to help people along in there mourning and how and how not to question God. It teaches us of the grandeur and wisdom of God and the punyness of our own understanding. I could go on and on and on about the many truths we can pull from this book.
But there is one thing that sticks out the most to me. Who is the one who is the cause of all of Jobs grief? Most of us would answer that Satan is, as he is the one inflicting the pain. And although it would be easy to just blame satan, the real answer is God.
“And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” ~ Job 1:12
More than that. Who invited Job into the conversation in the first place?
“The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” ~ Job 1:7-8
It wasn’t as though satan was begging God to have dominion over Job and then God conceded. God brings Job into the equation before satan even had the chance to. What if God never even brought Job up? God knew satan’s intent was to cause him great trouble and He allowed it. Some might say He ordained it. So God handed Job over to the grips of satan, with one condition and that was to not touch him. And in Chapter two God revokes His condition, allowing satan to touch him and make him terribly ill, but not to kill him.
I think this would be easier to swallow if Job was an awful man. But that was not so, he was the most righteous in the eyes of God. He was a God-fearing, blameless and integral man, surely that would make him exempt from God testing him in such a manner. Of all the people on the earth, shouldn’t God have stayed faithful to the man who was most faithful to Him? That’s how these things work, right?
Except not in this situation and I would dare say not in most current-day situations. It seems as though God makes a habit of testing the ones He loves. Most (if not all) of the great men of the Bible were not exempt from trial. Sometimes they collapsed under the pressure and sometimes they were faithful through it all.
But God is in it, He is allowing it and He is initiating it. Which oddly should give us great comfort. Because what that means is that none of our current grief, trial, and trouble comes without God’s mighty Hand ordaining it for our good and His glory.
None of it is purposeless without The Lord’s watchful attention to it. He is there in it. His Wisdom knows the reasons of which we will probably never know or understand this side of Heaven. There is relief knowing that our Heavenly Father is in the good and the bad. We can rest assured that He controls it all.
Even the demon’s have to ask His permission.
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
~ Job 42:2
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