(George Stiekes – Proclaim & Defend) 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? Job 1:8
There are so many questions asked in the book of Job. When God’s people suffer hurt and tribulation, it is not unusual at all for them to ask questions.
- Is there some great sin of which I’m not aware that has brought this kind of a consequence? Job dealt with this one.
- Is there some particular purpose God wants to achieve in my life as a result of this trouble?
- What is God doing?
- Is this the natural consequence of the curse of sin on the earth?
- Is God aware of what I am experiencing at this time?
The question in our text comes from God and addresses Satan. “Hast thou considered my servant Job.” We should recognize that Satan has considered every true believer. God gave Job quite a compliment. Is it possible that Satan works more on those believers that are faithful to God? Is it possible that he knows that those who are not faithful will not cause others to seek after God?
Do not underestimate the power of Satan to cause havoc in your life as a believer. We are reminded in I Peter 5:8 to Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Peter pictures him like a roaring lion seeking someone who is not vigilant. The Apostle Paul warns that it is possible for Satan to get an advantage of us: especially when we are ignorant of his devices (II Corinthians 2:11).