I had no desire to read this book, but am studying through it with some friends. Today, we have reached chapter ten and are reviewing what we see or have learned.
Job was blameless in God's eyes. Why did God point him out to Satan, except to prove a point to Satan. At first Job praised God - "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away."
Then his friends come. I don't want to be or have any friends like this. But I must remember that this was pre-Calvary. Looking at these first chapters I can see where Satan is causing havoc; not only destroying his family, but his health; speaking to one friend in a dream and the friend repeating it.
What I see in Job 1-10 is a man unaware and unprepared for spiritual
war-fare. Since, it happens before Jesus coming to earth, I can understand why.
Job can only cry out to God and hope that he is awake and listening (the
mentality of that day?). He knows God is All- Powerful and our Creator, that He
can cause mountains to move (the flood), the earth to shake (Korah),
and the sun not to rise or stand still (Joshua).
But he doesn't know or has forgotten Satan in the garden and how crafty he was
Then I compare it to this side of Calvary. Many of us are blessed with
an education and the ability to read and study the holy scriptures.
As we study we can see God's plan for salvation unfold and that there will be a
last day and a day where all stand before God's judgment throne. We also see
how Christ abided in Father while on earth, and spoke of the kingdom of God, we
"witness" how he dealt with demons, and know that it is God's desire
that none should perish as well as many other things that can be gleaned from
the New Testament.
So, why does God allow us to go through difficulties? I believe it is to
draw us to Him, to learn obedience, total dependency on Him, to refine
us and bring us to repentance if needed. I have to be careful not to
criticize or think "that's crazy" when reading about Job. We have
learned so much from God through Jesus coming and Holy Spirit dwelling in the
saints today. I am thankful to be able to have a relationship with God.
So, let us not give up on meeting together, as some are in the habit of
doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as we see the Day
approaching (Hebrews 10:25)
Songs to encourage you:
I will go through the (refining) fire, if You want me to.
I know a secret....