What I want to think about today is the spiritual realm and spiritual warfare. What we see in these first chapter of Job is that there is a story behind the scenes. The author lets us peek behind the curtains and see into Heaven. Satan is chatting with God! That in itself is very intriguing. How does that work? (We’ll have to visit that in another blog post.) So God asks Satan what he has been up to. And Satan responds, “From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” (1:7) He’s prowling like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8) And God suddenly says, “Have you considered my servant Job…” (1:8) Wait a minute! First of all, what an honor it is to be bragged on by your Heavenly Father. I think that is awesome—when God looks at you and says, “Well done! Check out my son and daughter!” Notwithstanding, did God just ask the devil has he considered devouring Job!?
Why would God do that? (Well that’s’ another great question that we will visit in a later post.)
We soon see that being in the crosshairs of Satan is a scary thing: Job ends up losing everything he has except for his life and his wife. All of his 1000s of cattle, his riches, his many servants, his 10 children—gone! He was the richest man in the East, and in the blink of an eye everything is taken away from him.
The question: What would you have done? What would you have thought? What would you have said to God if He took EVERYTHING from you except your life? Honestly, what would have been your response?
Job responds this news by shaving his head, falling on to his knees, worshipping God and saying, “Naked I came out…naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (1:21)
Wow! And Job didn’t even know about this conversation that Satan had with God. Job just believed that God was God. He feared God and hated evil. He was a righteous man. And in His righteousness, though he lost all his possessions, though his beloved children were taken from him, he still trusted in God.
God must be our first love. God must be the only one we allow to put fear into us.
If this happened to me, could I respond the same as Job? I hope so now. (God forbid!) But seeing that I have read Job’s story, and the many others throughout this book, I should be able to stand when everything is taken from me. And, in fact, this seems to me to be the name of the game. This is the game of FAITH. How will you know that you truly believe God is Lord if you are not tested? How will you know that you truly believe His word if there is no demonstration that goes against everything the world says to you? Faith must be evident. The witness must be present.
So as far as spiritual warfare goes, the devil is seeking to devour faith. He wants to make people faithless. That is his job. So God asks Him has he considered Job knowing very well that he had. The devil knows that God is ready to open his arms wide to anyone willing to believe in him no matter how much of a sinner they are. But the devil doesn’t want that. He wants us to be condemned…