You Are Blessed By God


I was drawn to the book of Job this week. In the beginning of the
book, God asks Satan if he has noticed Job. He describes Job as “a man
of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil” (Job
1:8, 2:3).  Satan objects to such a characterization and claims that
Job’s allegiance is because of the kindness and blessings God
bestows—in fact, Satan challenges God’s opinion of Job saying,
“Haven’t You placed a hedge around him, his household, and everything
he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions
have increased in the land (Job 1:10).” Further, Satan says, “A man
will give up everything he owns in exchange for his life (Job 2:4).”
Satan seems to think that Job only responds to God because of
blessing. If God were to remove the “hedge”, remove the “physical
blessings”, and take away his “good health” then Job would “surely
curse God” (Job 2:4). So, Satan has his field day at Job’s expense. In
the first two chapters, and with God’s permission, Job loses his home,
his possessions, his children, and his health. Penniless, mourning the
death of his ten children, and covered with boils Job actually defends
God. Telling his wife that they were to accept blessing as well as
adversity from God without cursing Him (Job 2:10). Satan was wrong.

Two things leap to my mind. First, Job is an amazing example. Whether
we are in a season of blessing or a season of adversity—we should
always bless and worship God. Because He is God. But the second thing
that leaps out to me is that Satan has a tremendous amount of
authority over Job, his life, and lives of others. Of course, Satan
needs permission from God—but he got it. And while the old testament
tells us Satan had such authority in the life of Job, the new
testament says he has that same permission now. A simple reading of
John 14:30, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 12:7, Ephesians 2:2,
Colossians 1:13, 1Thessalonians 2:18, and 1 Peter 5:8 will confirm
this. But despite Satan’s limited authority here on earth, God has
promised us victory (1 Corinthians 15:57). God has promised us His
strength (Philippians 4:13). And God has assured us that one day
Satan’s rule will end (Romans 16:20). In the meantime, remember Job,
remember his faithfulness, remember the blessings given to him at the
end of his story (Job 42:12-17), and remember we have been promised so
much more than that!

I am the minister at the Valley church of Christ and I would like to hear your comments,

In Christ,  Glenn

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