Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 24 Scripture Selection: Job 1-3
Food for Thought: Job 1:20-22
When reading the book of Job, there are several things to keep in mind. First, though God does not change, the circumstances surrounding us have (i.e, living in Eden, living outside Eden, pre/post-deluge, prior to the Law, under the Law, free from the Law). Further, there is a GREAT difference between the New Testament believer and the inhabitants of the Old Testament. Therefore, while there definitely are lessons to be learned from the book of Job, we cannot equate his situation to ours, and we must always keep in the forefront of our minds the difference that Jesus has made in our lives regarding our relationship with the Father as well as our “dealings” and God’s with Satan.
Until Jesus rose from the grave and took from Satan the keys of Hades and of Death (Rev. 1:18), Satan had certain privileges and authority given to him when Adam sinned. The territory that Adam and Eve were to take dominion of as God’s representatives was turned over to Satan, and he did what comes natural to him: accuse, steal, kill, and destroy (Rev. 12:10; John 10:10). Any suffering and wrong on earth can be directly attributed to Satan, not to God. The Lord did not “take away.” That was Satan’s doing.
Job assumed it was God’s doing. But one thing he did get right was that he “did not sin nor charge (demand restitution) God with wrong (vs. 22).” Some people, at the first sign of trouble, shake their fists up to God and accuse Him. Then they abandon Him and vengefully and deliberately step into a sinful life-style out of spite, thinking, “that will really show Him for hurting me.” They seem to try to punish the very One Who has gone to great lengths to rescue us and give us life. There are still others who aren’t trying to be vengeful, but they figure that God hasn’t helped them, so they just walk away. What they don’t understand is that God moves through people’s own faith in Him and the Word.
The very purpose for Jesus coming to earth was to defeat the accuser and bring us life and life in abundance. Notice in Colossians 2:13-15 the dramatic results that Jesus accomplished through His crucifixion and resurrection: “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Satan no longer has any right to our person nor our belongings. We have been purchased and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb (I Cor. 6:20; Rev. 5:9).
Job was at quite a disadvantage compared to us. We have Jesus. (“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Cor. 15:57)”). We have the Word (I Thes. 2:13). And we have faith that is produced by His Word (Rom. 10:17). I John 5:4 says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):