Saturday, September 21st, 2019
The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Job
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
Job 13:15 (NKJV)
The first time I read Job,* I was depressed. But now I see this Book differently. It awes me, teaches me and humbles me. Because Job was a good, God-fearing man, who was hit with all sorts of disasters.
Neither he nor I could understand why... while Job's best friends tried to figure it out. They thought Job must have sinned in a big way for God to ruin his life in one day.
Consider some highlights of Job's story:
1) The Book starts with Satan accusing Job in a one-on-one meeting with The Lord. Satan said Job's love of God would crumble if he lost his blessedly-full lifestyle.
2) So God allowed Satan's testing of Job, removing his children, riches and health. Job became an outcast covered by sores. With good intentions, his friends came to him.
3) For seven days, they softly sympathized. But they couldn't resist the temptation to analyze Job's harsh predicament. They interpreted God's Scriptures at length.
4) Their seemingly holy analysis brought even greater frustration to Job. So he refused their religious theories and badgered God with his toughest questions.
5) Of note: God didn't mind Job's badgering, but He did deliver a big message. We can't understand everything He does. Therefore, we must trust in His good outcomes.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What can we learn from Job's afflictions?
Maybe the best of us hurt the worst.
Maybe friends must stay sympathetic.
Maybe not to judge or ask God, "Why?".
Maybe to trust in His compassion.
Maybe to look for the good in it.
Maybe to expect a great outcome.
Bottom line: faith shown amidst hard hits will overcome Satan's meanest moves.
## The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Job (Part 86)
* Eugene Peterson's brilliant introduction to the Book of Job. (He wrote The Message): http://holy1fire.blogspot.com/2011/05/introduction-to-job.html
* Short article: What should we learn from the life of Job? http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Job.html
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.