“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job.” Job 1:1
The contents of the book of Job portray in vivid and at times poetic language the fierce conflict between the Lord and Satan concerning the faith and integrity of His servant Job. The devil was permitted to wreak havoc in his life. The dreadful misery, woe, and suffering of this sincere man of God remind us that the believer is a special target of the evil one. ‘All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution’ (II Tim. 3:12). The word ‘persecute’ could be translated ‘pursue’ or ‘follow after.’ The earnest Christian will be pursued by Satan. He will experience his fiery darts in all areas of his life, both physical and spiritual.
Close fellowship with Christ does not guarantee immunity from the forces of evil. The exact opposite is true. Nevertheless, the trials and afflictions of Job declare that the powers of darkness can go only so far and no further. In Job 1:10 we have a very precious and enlightening statement. Satan was forced to admit, ‘Hast thou not made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?’ What a blessed thought! What a glorious reality! This is the true position of every believer. The word translated ‘hedge’ means ‘to cover’ or ‘to protect.’ Concerning our salvation, we are hedged about by Christ’s protecting love, secure for evermore. Even in this life, Satan is able to attack only with God’s permission.
The message of Job is clear. Although Job’s testings were exceptional, by looking to the Lord and trusting Him implicitly he was eventually delivered and came through his ordeal triumphant. At times the pathway of the Christian may be steep and difficult, our souls desolate within us, and the outlook seemingly hopeless. Remember Job. Yea, remember the God of Job. ‘Surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off’ (Prov. 23:18).
Daily devotions are from the book “Eagle’s Wings” published by the Free Presbyterian Church. © Free Presbyterian Church 1991- All Rights Reserved.