Job 1-5 A key to understanding the man Job is to look at his life in everyday circumstances. God noted he was blameless and upright, and we see how he responded to his children’s choices. He offered sacrifices regularly ‘just in case’ they had cursed God, not out loud, but in their hearts. Job’s care for his children’s spiritual character was intentional and deliberate. Are we intentional and deliberate regarding our children’s walk with God?
It was that character that Satan sought to undermine. Satan does the same for us because distraction from the important keeps us from being diligent and faithful. Satan sought to distract Job from his daily adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication routine. Just as Satan sought to do it with God’s permission, he does the same for us. Jesus told Peter: “Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat” [Luke 22:31]. We can respond as Mrs. Job, “curse God and die,” or as Job, “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, may the name of the Lord be praised.” [Job 1:21] In all this, Job did not sin, nor should we.
God has given us this story to help us understand that Satan’s methods have not changed. Therefore, we need spiritual armor to battle against the enemy of our souls. [Eph 6:10-18]
Are you prepared?