God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? | Job 2:1-6
On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And 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. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason." "Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face." The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life."
Unrelenting. That’s one word (there are many others) that describe Satan’s attacks. Job remained faithful in the greatest loss a parent can experience; the loss of children. But Satan turns up the heat to what he thinks will be an unbearable temperature.
In today’s passage, we see what drives the Enemy. While most people would willingly die for their children, Satan’s hopeless self-centeredness is seen in his reasoning—“A man will give all he has for his own life.” Satan’s twisted thinking concludes that a person can withstand the loss of loved ones, but will cave when they personally experience disease and pain in their body. Here is the logic of one who knows nothing about love…except for miserable self-love.
And so the bell rings to start Job’s second round of trials. This round attempts the same knock-out punch as the first—God is loved only for what He gives not for who He is. Job teaches us through painful days and dark nights that while God’s provisions are welcomed and appreciated, His Person is what we love and worship. God has purchased our eternal salvation with the precious blood of His son; but He won’t buy our love with temporal blessings.
Father, may I always love you for who You are—not for what You give, withhold, or take away. In Christ’s Name. Amen.