Faith
Wednesday November 4, 2010
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"God’s Hidden Message in Job"

Has your study in Job ever caused you to wonder why it took an entire book for God to tell you about His experience with Job and Satan? Along with Himself, Job and Satan form a triangle that collectability delivers God’s Hidden Message to you and when you visualize yourself taking Job’s place in this triangle, you receive it.

Job 1:7 KJV sets the stage for you to receive this message as while talking to Satan in Heaven, God reaches the point of asking him where he has been:

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Satan’s “to and fro in the earth” response leads to Job 1:8 KJV and another question from God:

Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man?”

Satan, knowing that God is boasting of His servant Job, responds in Job 1:9-10 KJV:

Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? [10] Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Here Satan is trying to convince God that Job’s loyalty is entirely due to the fact that He has built a protective hedge about him and that if it were to be lifted, he could prove his point.

Recognizing that Job’s devotion is being questioned, God grants Satan access to him. Giving him authority and power, Job 1:12 KJV shows God turning Satan loose on Job and it is this access to Job that sets the stage for you to receive God’s Hidden Message.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

Put not forth thine hand meant that Satan could not kill Job but other than that, Job, Job’s family and all that he owned became a target for Satan.

Job, while losing his children, his wealth and his health, remained faithful to God and with his body covered with boils, Job 2:9 KJV shows his wife attacking:

Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

Does Satan’s attempt to use Job’s family members to get him to curse God lead you to believe that his evil spirit may be using one of your family members to test you?

 

 

 

 


 

Job 32:3 KJV shows Job’s wrath kindled by three of his friends that continually condemned him throughout his ordeal:

Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

With friends like these, who needs enemies; Job 38:1-3 KJV is where God demands that Job answer as to why he listens to them:

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, [2] Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? [3] Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

Job only had this one weakness; he allowed these so called friends of his to darkeneth counsel which means that he paid attention to their words, words that were without knowledge; have you ever been guilty of doing something like this?

Does visualizing yourself in Job’s shoes in this triangle help position you to welcome Satan when he challenges your devotion to God?

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com