by Baruch Okpulor
“He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honour” Proverbs 21:21
Many people fear and serve God for different reasons. Some worship God because He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. Others do so because they are afraid of spending eternity in hell while others serve God because of His blessings over their lives.
However, Satan was interested in finding the reason why Job feared and worshipped God. This curiosity exhibited by the devil caused Job much pain.
Today, Satan is also interested in ascertaining why you worship God and may push troubles on your way to test your sincerity of heart.
One story that has generated awe and much feedback among men is the narration about Job and the calamity that befell him and his family.
Job was described as the wealthiest man of the East and a native of Uz who had seven sons and three daughters, numerous household and eleven thousand five hundred animals in his great household.
By reason of God’s blessings upon him and his family, he qualified as the greatest in his time just as we have the richest men of our generation today.
The book named after him sets forth the problem of suffering, that innocent men may be visited with severe afflictions and it is a false position to assume that trials come unto men as a result of their great sins (2 Timothy 3:12).
Primarily, it discusses the true attitude of the blameless one who is visited with persecutions, who should not be arraigned before the bar of human reasoning.
The devil’s assumption was that Job lived a blameless life because God hedged him with wealth and children.
“And the LORD said unto Satan, have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and eschews evil?
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Does Job fear God for nought?
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he had on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” Job 1:8-10
The second assumption of Satan was that the removal of the things of this life from Job would make him deny God and become a servant of Satan.
He taught that the faithfulness of Job was determined by the large possessions he had. His failure to know with precision what the reaction of Job would be when these material possessions are removed from him places him as a short sighted spirit. He is limited in knowledge on the matters of life concerning God’s children.
God denied him that information about Job.
Many children of God assume that the devil knows everything about them and easily yield to his temptations. We become sore afraid when he roars and threatens us and we give in. Devil recognized God’s protection over Job and made reference to is as a “hedge” over Job. God doesn’t give His children an unprotected blessing. Satan saw that God’s protection over Job was absolute. He protected him, his family, and all he had on every side. It is God’s heritage for those who serve and worship Him. He secures the on every side. His love provides for them and His righteousness protects them. His power of safety overshadows them that no power could go into and pluck them without God’s approval.
Satan knew about this divine arrangement between God and His children and he became worried.
Satan knew that he had to break this “hedge” around Job if he must get at him or any member of his family.
God gave him the opportunity against Job to prove his accusation against him. God had taken time to study the life of Job and knew surely that he would not disappoint Him before Satan.
God set a limitation for Satan, a boundary he cannot cross as far as the life and possessions of Job were concerned. Devil cannot touch any area of your life that the LORD has not permitted him to. He is a creature and can’t stand the wrath of God.
Unfortunately, so many people of God leave God in the cold when afflictions come to them. We easily forget the love, kindness, protection and provisions of God. We focus on the present and become quick to convince our hearts that God has forsaken us.
We accept satanic suggestions to seek alternative means to settle our problems as king Saul did. We feel God is not worth our patience and attention any more.
Job disappointed Satan instead of God. You are encouraged to do so to make your Father proud of you.
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