Safe in God’s Hands {Learning from Job – post 4}

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Satan is on the prowl.  Just as in Job’s day, he roams seeking whom he may devour. (1 Pet 5:8) That sounds so scary, doesn’t it?  Is there any protection from him?

Know your Enemy

Satan is definitely our enemy.  He is a deceiver and the father of lies (see John 8:44).  From his days spent in Eden deceiving Eve, Satan has a long history of and particular knack for twisting truth into lies.  He baits humankind like nobody’s business!  He’s good at what he does.  We’ve all been susceptible to his ploys at one time or another.  I’m sure, like me, you can examine your life and just can’t believe you ever fell for his garbage.  We can be left with scars of pain, guilt, frustration, and confusion.  And that pleases him, too.  Because, the reality is that old serpent shouldn’t have spiritual victory over us—we can overcome every shadow of spiritual struggle through Christ’s blood!  Jesus died to set us free.  Rather than living with guilt, we should spend our time focusing on that amazing love, forgiveness, and grace!

Know your Protection

Yes, there is protection against Satan.  We actually have much help and many weapons!  There is great protection found in our loving God- in His strength, by empowerment of His Spirit, and in His Word.  The sword of the spirit (the word of God) is a powerful offensive weapon.  Use it, dear Christian!  Use it, pray it, live it!   Protection is also found in the blood of Christ.  As Believers, we are covered, cleansed, and sealed, and placed lovingly and carefully into our Savior’s hands.  There, we are safe from Satan’s nasty grip.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. “I and the Father are one.” ~John 10:27-30, ESV

Know God’s Goodness

Are you thinking, “But, Ali, Satan did get control of Job!  He hurt him and took so much!”   Let’s further examine Satan’s limits.  He is not omniscient, nor does he have power over anything except what God permits.  It is only our loving, personal Creator that has the ultimate control, even if it appears otherwise to our human eyes at times.  Understand, we are within whatever reach we allow Satan if we succumb to his taunts and believe his lies, and whatever reach God allows for purposes of our greater good—that is, our holiness and sanctification.  But ultimately and eternally, we are safe.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer 29:11, ESV)

Satan may have lured you in the past, or he may be toying with you now.  And as Job did, go to God and vent… be real with God—he knows your heart anyway.  Although it can be hard at times, don’t give too much coddling to your feelings.  Feelings don’t always measure up to the truth of God’s word and feelings easily forget God’s promises.  Just take those feelings to God and lay them at His feet.  Like with Job, God’s answer may be firm and even tough for us to accept, but it is all rooted in His steadfast love.

Remember, when Job questioned, God replied, “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?” (Job 38:2, NLT)

Ouch!  All Job’s venting from the depth of his pain, despair, and frustration was just “ignorant words.”  Later, God says, “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty?  You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” (Job 40:2, NLT)

Like Peter  and Job, it is easy to focus on the wind, the storm, the pain, the suffering and frustrations.  We have to remember that this is only what we see.  It’s like the back, messy side of embroidery work.  The picture may not be clear.  But God sees the other side—the side of hope, power, authority, sanctification, and a marvelous eternity.  God sees a beautiful masterpiece where His plan all makes sense.

He is the victor, and we can celebrate with Him!

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.  (Rev 12:10-11, NASB)

God knows where we are safe.  Right in His hands.

**If you would like to use this series as a Bible study, here are daily assignments until next week.

  1. Read Job 1:6-12, and then follow with Matthew Henry’s commentary on these verses.
  2. Read James 1:12, James 4:7, and 1 Pet 5:8-11.  How can we resist Satan?  What is promised to us after our time of suffering?
  3. Read over the armor of God mentioned in Eph 6:10-18.  I find the Pulpit commentary and John Gill’s Exposition on verse 17, concerning the sword of the Spirit particularly enlightening.
  4. Read Psalm 91.  Spend time thanking God for His love, omnipotence, and protection.
  5. Read John 10:7-18.  How does knowing that Jesus loves you enough to be your Good Shepherd, protect you, and lay down His life for you encourage you in your fight against Satan?

Are you facing a spiritual battle?  Is Satan prowling around and making you uncomfortable?  How do you find your strength in God?

Ali

{This is the fourth in a series of posts I’ll be doing on lessons learned from the book of Job.  The posts, thoughts, and gathered research have all materialized out of my personal quiet times with God and morning Bible studies. I’m also linking this post right here for Faith Filled Fridays over at MissionalWomen.com.}

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