Job was a godly man who observed the teachings and desires of God; not only for himself, but also for his grown up children. The Word describes him as ‘blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil’. Yes, the hedge of God’s protection was upon his life and all that belonged to him. One would assume that surely nothing untoward could touch Job or that which belonged to him.
In the book of Job we learn that one day in an Assembly of God and his Angels, Satan also made his entrance. God testified to him about Job as a man unlike any other on earth. The complaint of the devil was ‘Does job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?’ Then Satan made a request of God concerning Job, ‘… Stretch out your hand and strike everything he has’. ‘…he will surely curse you to your face’ the devil predicted about Job.
The Lord God allowed Job to be tested and told the devil ‘….everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger’ Job 1:12. The hedge of protection was removed from Job. Still, in the face of major loss and heart wrenching pain, Job maintained his faithfulness to God. Satan made another appeal to God to touch the flesh and bones of Job…’skin for skin’ Job 2:4 and it is only when the permission was granted that Satan attacked Job’s flesh; and even then ‘his life was to be spared’. It is important for us to remember that our lives are in God’s hands; and it is only on his permission that the enemy can touch the life of a Righteous.
Just like Job, as the devil walks to and fro on the earth…he notices you… walking upright before God; and a time of testing has to come in your life. Like Job…your very life may be plagued with sickness; your source of income comes to an abrupt end; sickness befalls your household etc. And in such moment one wonders ‘God what have I done to deserve this?’ Moments of trials.
Job entered a severe time of testing; but despite the torments the devil brought into his life; and the wife who continually tempted him to curse God…Job maintained his position before God.
Like Job, in moments of great difficulties we need to hold onto our faith in God; continuously call upon him and ‘HE strengthens those who are truly committed to him’…so as to overcome the challenging moments in life. The Psalmist came to a conclusion that ‘ it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans’ for the Lord is God and he causes ‘Shouts of Joy and Victory to resound in the tents of the Righteous” Ps 118:8,15
The Lord is my strength and my defence; he has become my salvation”. Ps 118:14.