Slightly Obsessed #064 "Skin for Skin: The Man Who Proved Satan Wrong" (Wednesday Devo) by Pamela Thorson on 2014-03-12 12:16:23
Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face. –Satan to God (Job 2:4-5)
Do you ever wonder why something bad happens to you? Does it feel like God doesn’t see what’s happening—or doesn’t care?
In one of the most fascinating reads in the Bible, the book of Job pulls back the veil on heaven to reveal a discussion between God and Satan. The first two chapters alone tell us a lot about that other world beyond our natural senses. It says even more about the intimate way God orchestrates events in our lives. This revelation can help us understand and accept what we experience on this side of heaven.
In Job 1 and 2 we learn:
1. Satan still has access to God. The “sons of God” evidently came regularly to “present themselves” to God. Satan, the record says, came among them. God doesn’t seem to be surprised at his presence. This explains Revelation 12:10, in which Satan is called “the accuser of our brethren,” who “accuses them before our God day and night.”
2. Satan doesn’t sit around in hell awaiting souls to torture. He tells God he has been roaming about on the earth. This corresponds with 1 Peter 5:8, which tells us Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
3. God is the one who starts the conversation with the devil about Job. This is our reminder that nothing happens outside the knowledge of God. Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work for good for those who love the Lord. God had a higher plan for Job and a message to all humanity through Job’s life. This was to be accomplished through the suffering he was about to endure. The plan was God’s. The means was the devil.
4. Job’s trials had nothing to do with his sin. He was a righteous man who served God in every way possible. He even offered sacrifices for his children, in case they sinned. He was the perfect husband, father, and man of God. God was not punishing him.
5. Satan accused Job of only serving God to get favor from Him. God allowed Job to be afflicted in order to prove Satan’s accusations wrong. In the rest of the book of Job, we discover that Job ended up healed and restored. In the process, his eyes were opened to a new understanding of the God he served:
I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
I have heard you by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You; Therefore I retract,
And I repent in dust and ashes. –Job 42:3, 5-6
You may be going through terrible physical or emotional suffering today. As you pray, the silence from heaven is deafening. You’re sure God has totally forsaken you. You can’t possibly see what He is doing, or what you did to deserve it.
Take some time and read Job, the man who proved Satan wrong.
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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