Remembering my old friend Job, God allowed Satan to attack him for a very good reason and for the ultimate good of Job. Did that take away the fact that he lost EVERYTHING--his wife, his children, all his wealth, and even his good health---NO--they were FOREVER gone---BUT Job came out on the other side of all that pain with a deeper and better understanding of WHO GOD IS! When we read Job, we are told that Job was a man who was blameless and upright; and he feared God and shunned evil. This is the reason Satan attacked him--he was God's man and following the mandates of His Father. As Beth reminded us this weekend, Satan was not interested in killing Job---only using him to further his agenda. Through it all---more than I can imagine bearing---Job remained God's man and God revealed Himself to Job in a deep-deep way. He came out on the other side of Satan's attack with God blessing him in the last years of his life, even more than the first.
SO I am rejoicing that Satan feels threatened by my witness and God's use of me! He is attacking me--God is allowing that attack, BUT HE HAS MY BACK. "Though he slay me, yet I will hope in Him." Job 13:15 "If I perish, I perish." Esther 4:16 No matter what is thrown at me--what I lose, the depth of my pain--I have the promise of eternity and the deep-deep love of the Father to sustain me. "Weeping may tarry for the night, BUT joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5.
"But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering;
He speaks to them in their afflictions.
He is wooing you from the jaws of distress-"
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