Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 86)
Star Players: 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 close friends tried to figure it out. They believed Job must have done something wrong 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? Good people suffer, both then and now. When we see it, we are sorely grieved. But we must believe; God is grieved, too. In His Word more than once... Jesus wept.
Therefore, we must trust His compassion. The Lord will bring good from suffering. Bottom line: faith shown amidst hard hits will overcome Satan's meanest moves.
To Be Continued...
* 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
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.