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Job 2:1-6 ESV

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”

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Satan came to give an account of his actions before the Lord as before, and God said to the devil, “Look, Satan–you were wrong. Job doesn’t care about stuff, He still worships me.” Of course, the devil wasn’t ready to quit. Even though he had already been proven wrong once, he still wanted another shot at defeating God.

He knew it was pointless to assault God directly, but he thought He might be able to get to the Almighty by taking out one of God’s weak little humans. God knew better.

God believed in Job because Job believed in God.

We must understand that we don’t live in some karmic fairy-tale world in which good people are always rewarded while bad people are always punished. Job’s loss of wealth (material and familial) was not a punishment for being sinful, but an assault of the enemy for being righteous.

We must understand that our enemy, Satan, will not give up easily. Although he was unable to shake Job’s faith by taking his livestock and children, he was willing to do whatever it took to get Job to curse God to His face. Our resolve must be stronger than the devil’s. We must tenaciously lay hold of grace and faith.

We cannot afford to let go of God.

People often marvel at the patience of Job. The truth is, Job was a flesh and blood human being, just like the rest of us. If Job could hold on to his God and his integrity in the midst of disaster, so can we. We must also remember that with man some things are impossible, but with God all things are possible.

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