I love to study the book of Job mainly because of the many references to creation and the early years of civilization, but one thing especially stood out to me the last time I studied it, God actually points out Job to Satan! Why would God do this? It seems so mean, I know Satan doesn’t need any help messing with me or anyone I know.
Because most of the actions God takes are very confusing to us, it is important to search for the reason anytime we come across a scripture that seems to go against God’s character, while thinking the best about God, not the worst.
In Job 1:7, God said to Satan, “From where do you come?” He answered, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”
In the New Testament 1 Peter 5:8 states, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary the Devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Notice the words, “Be of sober spirit,” to be of sober spirit means to be temperate, dispassionate and circumspect, (Strong’s Greek #3525).
The Webster’s dictionary defines temperate as to not be excessive; dispassionate, as to be unaffected by strong emotion; and circumspect as heedful of the probable circumstances of an action.
I propose Job displayed all of these qualities, causing God to say of him, “Blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Which is why God placed a hedge of protection about him, making it so Satan did not consider him.
Although it is hard to understand, God had at least three reasons for pointing out Job to Satan.
First to show Satan there are people who love Him for who He is and not only for what He gives.
In Job 1:21, Job said after the loss of his children and possessions, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Another reason is for our benefit.
Romans 15:4 states, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.” Seeing Jobs outcome gives us hope and encouragement during our trials.
And the reason I like the most, this trial led Job to a deeper relationship with God:
Even after all that happened to Job, he said in chapter 42:5-6, “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now my eyes see Thee; therefore I repent in dust and ashes.”
Job had heard about God and was believing by faith but after the trial he had a new revelation or a new experience with God, saying he now sees him on a whole different level.
Father, help us to be like Job, having the faith and ability to think the best of you even in our darkest trial. In the name of Jesus, amen