Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Living Through "Job's Life", Part 2 - January 29, 2014

Job 1:6-12(New Living Translation)
6 One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them.

7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

12 “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

What are we to think of this story? When we became Christians, many of us thought that life with Jesus Christ would be close to perfect! From then on little if anything would go wrong! Here is the truth: as long as we are lost and a servant within the world, Satan doesn't pay attention to you. Why should he? He already has you. That is why it seems that things around us are becoming more and more corrupt everyday. The world sinks deeper and deeper into sin, and those caught in it can't see what is happening.

If you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ, you are trying to live a righteous life, and you are serving God, you will be noticed. There is nothing more attractive to Satan than a believer "sold-out" to Christ. If you are, you are messing with his territory and he will notice you. That is why once you become a Christian you have to be "all in", because if you are just going through the motions, your true self will soon show up. God does not want those who are lukewarm about their faith. A lukewarm witness will not go the distance in convincing anyone to live for Jesus.

Now for a bit of a warning: living for Jesus Christ makes you a target for the enemy. He will throw everything he can at you to get you to give up on God. As for God, He wants you to be sure that you are in for the long haul, because your final destination is not what the world offers. Your final destination has to be focused on being with Him. You may be wondering why God allowed Job to be tested; you will wonder why God is testing you and allowing difficulty in your life. He wants to be sure that you arrive at your final eternal destination, and only in testing can your faith and determination in Him grow.

Photo of the painting, Satan Before the Lord by Corrado Giaquinto, c. 1750

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