Job 2:3-7 – “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.”
Again, the Lord boasted concerning Job to the enemy and he challenged God as to why Job was upright before Him and would not sin. He told God to put forth His hand and touch Job’s health and he will curse God to His face. What a challenge! And the Lord said to him, ‘Behold, he is in thine hand, but save his life’.
The word ‘save his life,’ implies that, don’t touch his life. God knows Satan’s aim is to steal, kill, and destroy and nothing good comes from him. Hence, he is not on a mission to save but to destroy. And God gave him the warning not to touch Job. Can God trust you and vouch for you as this?
When God permitted Satan against Job, He had a very good purpose for him and his ultimate gain. Job’s feats of uprightness before God determined the weight of the price he was going to pay for greater heights of fulfilment. And He knew Job would not fall.
His friends added to his misery with their hard words and counsel.
Job 4:7-8 – “Remember, I pray thee, whoever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?” Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” (Eliphaz).
Job 8:20 – “Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers.” (Bildad).
Job 11:14 – “If iniquity is in thine heart, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.” (Zophar).
The true hearts of people close to you are revealed during your worst times and adverse situations. You don’t know the state of their hearts until adversity comes. You will be amazed at their words and treatment towards you. But your response and reaction are all that matters. Will you still be able to trust God and His Words concerning you? Will you still be able to hold on to Him and His Words? This was the case with Job.
It takes a perfect man as God to be able to combat the enemy (Satan); and no matter how intense and provoking the situation may be, yet won’t sin and he will remain perfect before God. And Job passed the test and paid in full. He didn’t disappoint God when his friends lashed out at him with their hard words and counsel not pleasing unto God.
But his friends disappointed God. They didn’t experience what Job went through yet they were the ones who failed God instead of being faithful and loyal till the end. They blamed and faulted Job because of their lack of understanding from God’s view. Also, they were the first to fall and fail God concerning Job.
Yet, Job did not disappoint God. He would have gone back to the world to seek an alternative remedy to his woes, afflictions, pains, and terrible situations that befell him but he didn’t. Though he complained terribly, he never gave up on God (Job 1:13-22, 2:1-10).
The difference between Job and his friends was that, their unjust judgment, blame, was a pointer to disloyalty and before the eyes of God they gave up on him, despite their counsels even though potent and written in the Book of Life (Job 33 – 37).
But Job who they reproached and misjudged was very defensive; he felt he was right in his own eyes which led to his bitter complaints and lamentations yet he did not give up on God. He refused to give up (Job 10:1-2, 23:1-2).
They underestimated Job and he complained and murmured, but God who sees the hearts of men, judged them by the state of their hearts and deep intents in which they spoke. And in their hearts, God saw disloyalty.
It takes one who is in the plight Job found himself in to easily turn away from God and look for means to remedy his challenges and compromise his faith in God by going back to the world. But Job did not fall, and he did not fail God. This is loyalty!
Job’s life time encounter with God was unto mercy and restoration.
Job 38:1-4 – “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins return; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.
God’s Loving Heart.