The first couple of chapters of Job are so cool to me, the way that they give a glimpse into the spiritual realm. To be able to read a conversation between the Lord and Satan, and then to see the effects of it in our world...it stirs a curiosity to realize what is more real than what I see in the physical.
What is standing out to me to write about, however, is the fact that the majority of Job's story does not mention Satan at all. After he stirs the pot to try and get Job to curse God, he kind of disappears from the scene. After the horrifying circumstances take place, we find many chapters containing the response to it all. We have all heard that it isn't about what happens to you, but how you respond. Apparently that is Scriptural.
The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. He did it in Job's life, and he does it in ours to this day. He let the Lord know in conversation that he had come from walking back and forth in the earth. We know that the New Testament calls him out as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He walks around looking for someone to destroy. Is it just me, or does that not make you angry?
He seeks out our weaknesses and then moves in for the kill. Yet the life of Job teaches us that our focus should not be on the enemy's attack...but rather on our response. Sure, he wants us to fall and blame God for it, but what does our Lord want? He wants us to trust Him through all of it. He desires that we cling to Him and to integrity to the end.
I challenge you to read past the enemy attack, then past the chapters of dealing with why it happened...keep going. The latter is definitely greater than the former. No matter what harm the enemy intends, the Lord is able to restore unto you double. Please don't get stuck on the why's of your life - respond well, and watch what the Lord can do.
Father, I don't want to get caught up with the chapters of my life that highlight what the enemy has done. I want to focus on You and what You can do despite them. I trust You with all of my heart. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
1 Peter 5:8