God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? | Job 1:6-12
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Our passage today is a front row seat for a dialogue between God and Satan. In this conversation initiated by God, we see the Father’s pride in His children and the Satan’s shot at our motives.
Satan’s aim here is twofold. First, he wants to demonstrate that Job does not worship God for being God; but for the practical benefits. Take away the blessings, says a cynical Satan and Job “will surely curse you to your face.” Secondly, Satan wants to show that God is unable to sustain His children’s trust. Satan is working under the assumption that he can cause Job to jettison his faith.
One has said, “People love God the way a peasant loves his cow; for the butter and the cheese.” That sentiment echoes the Enemy’s allegation and, let’s be honest; for some that is more than an accusation. Why do you love God? Really. Do you love Him for who He is or what He provides? Certainly, we thank Him for all His blessings but is He enough if all His benefits go away?
Father, build in such an unshakeable faith that it stands through the most difficult times. Thank you for all your blessings…and…help us to worship you simply for being God. In Jesus Name. Amen.