My understanding of the Book of Job was a story about the devil testing a perfect and upright man. The devil tried to get him to curse God through his trails and tribulations. He was perfect in his heart.
The devil came to talk during the angels meeting with God. God asked the devil what did he want. We all know the devil is a deciever that lurks around looking for Gods good people to devour, steal, kill and destroy. The devil requested to attack Job because he believed that he would become weak and curse God and follow the devils plan. God commanded the devil to save his life. This is the same in the modern world. The devil search around to influence us to stray away from God.
It’s amazing and confirms that the devil have no authority over God because he had to get God’s permission to attack Job. The devil attacked Job’s family, body, and material things. He lost all 7 of children in less than a week. Next, he lost all his cattle and herbs. Lastly, the devil struck Job with a body sickness that put him all the way down near death.
Job story reminds me of my own life story. As I started getting closer to God, the devil has been testing my faith but I have been standing firm.
Do you know how God controls the earth? How do he allow rain to fall without the ocean flooding over in land.
God questioned Job because all his extended complaining and mourning . These questions from God in Job 38-40 help us realize he’s a Powerful & Mighty God.
In the end, Job was blessed with double of what he had because he never went against God nor cursed God. He experienced a great deal of suffering and even started to complain a little but God saw his pure heart. God spoke to Job to help him understand how small his tribulations are compared to Gods suffering of protecting his children who sin on a daily basis, laying the foundations of the heavens, maintaining the universe and so much more. Job asked for forgiveness of the bickering and became grateful for God saving his life. God was happy to bless Job with Double of his riches in glory, children, live stock and home.
We must remember to appreciate where we are in life bc others may have it worst. God will forgive us and bless us the same way. We must stand firm against the strategies of the enemy.
Catrina L. Williams-Hoolasie
Genesis to Revelation