So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.
Job was a righteous man whom the Lord was blessing. He had a good life, a good family and all was well. And then hard times, from the Lord, came upon him. It is a wonderful and yet difficult story to read. A story which speaks of the Lord allowing suffering to come into the life of a devoted follower of God.
And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
We see that Satan has a regular audience with God. We also see a confirmation of what we read in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
There is nothing the enemy can do to us but that the Lord allows it.
Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
This is why Job was a righteous and blameless man. He trusted God with everything he had. It is one thing to say that we trust Him, but quite another to actually apply that trust in Him when difficult things come our way. Job recognizes that the Lord is in control of all things and that He and only He has the right to give…and also take away. May our attitude be the very same. Only by God’s strength is this possible.
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” 6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”
The ultimate test of our faith is when our very own lives are in jeopardy. The enemy will stop at nothing and God will sometimes allow great pain to come our way. Our only hope in enduring such times is to look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. When we do so, He alone gives us the strength we need to withstand the difficulty and the trials. To the apostle Paul Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”(2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul’s response was, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
Even Job’s wife turns on him…how grieved he must have been.
So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.
Many times the best thing to say, when our friends are going through trials is…’nothng’. Unfortunately we will see that his friends could not remain silent and it ends up discouraging Job rather than encouraging him.