ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN
Consider My Servant
Life was good in the Job household. Job was highly respected, wealthy and “the greatest of all men in the East” (Job 1:3). He was the perfect husband and father, and he honored God. His children got on well together and enjoyed one another’s company. Mrs. Job had all a woman could wish for.
Suddenly everything changed. It appeared that for no apparent reason, God had turned against this family. Their children were taken from them – killed in a terrifying way, along with the servants. Their abundant possessions were either stolen or destroyed within a very short period of time. Job’s wife must have felt totally forsaken, confused and helpless, and who would blame her. She could find no reason, she had no Bible to read, and no Holy Spirit to comfort her. And how could she know what was going on in the background?
Then, on top of all that, Job was stricken with a most debilitating and humiliating disease which left him covered in boils, and sitting in ashes like a town beggar. He was mocked and ridiculed. It was all too much for this bewildered woman, and she cried out to her beloved husband, “Curse God and die!” (2:9). In her mind, death had to be better than this. But we read, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God with folly” (1:22 KJV). Often in life Satan uses our nearest and dearest relatives to do his evil work for him.
Unknown to Job and his wife, and behind this terrible scene, God was in conflict with the devil who roamed the earth then just as he does today, “seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8); and the Job family was his present target. Mrs. Job succumbed to Satan’s evil plot, and blamed God for their disastrous predicament. How easy it is to fall into Satan’s trap – especially when our loved ones are involved.
God challenged Satan with this question: “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” (1:8). So Satan attacked Job and all he had, hoping for a victory over God. Job however would have none of his evil schemes. In all his suffering Job still declared in defense of His God, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him … He also shall be my salvation” (13:15-16).
Maybe right now life is very hard for you, and you can neither see any reason for it, nor any way out of it. Look, if you will, beyond your circumstances into the spirit world where God is, and you might hear God saying to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Sally, Ruth, Dave, Bob or whoever?”
God is looking for men and women who, in the face of real trial, will trust Him with true faith and gratitude for His boundless love and grace poured out so many times throughout their life. We can’t afford to let Him down. He deserves better than that. Satan must not have the victory in our lives.
This enemy of our Lord and Savior delights to pose as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14). He is the master deceiver. For this reason it is critical for God’s children to walk moment by moment with the Lord, looking to Him and learning from His Word, which is the sword of the Spirit to be used against the enemy. Satan knows his time is short, so his attacks will doubtless increase. We need to be ready always to reply to his challenges as Job did.
The story of Job ends with these words, “So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning” (42:12). And the Christian’s end is going to be more wonderful than we could ever dream of. We will see our Savior face to face, and “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
By Fran Fragar, From International Christian Digest. Used by permission.
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org