“The LORD said to Job: ‘Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who accuses God answer Him!’ ” (Job 40:1-2)
There are probably few of us who haven’t at one time or another been tempted to question the goodness of God. “If You are as good and just as men say You are, why did You allow this to happen?” Though such questioning may seem normal, it is not pleasing to the Father. Scripture teaches us that in the end, God rebuked Job severely for his accusations against the Almighty. Read Job 38 through 41.
Job made the mistake that many of us make. He assumed that the righteous should always be immune to trouble. Yet, we learn from the story of Job and others that we aren’t. In fact, the psalmist wrote, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous…” (see Psalm 34:19) Therefore some might ask, “If living righteously doesn’t protect me from evil, why live righteously?” That is the exact question Satan wanted Job to ask.
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” (Job 1:9-11)
Satan told God that if He stopped blessing Job, His outstanding servant would turn against Him and curse Him to His face. Today’s verse of scripture reveals that Job came dangerously close to doing just that and in the end the Lord had to correct him. “The LORD said to Job: ‘Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who accuses God answer Him!’ ” (Job 40:1-2)
Every time I read the book of Job I find myself wondering why God allowed Satan to attack Job. Why didn’t the Lord protect Job and tell the devil to get lost? Why doesn’t the book of Job contain just one chapter that tells the story of how righteous people never have to suffer? Why? Because God is God and we’re not. We have not created God for our glory and pleasure. He has created us for His.
The book of Job teaches us some important principles that we all need to consider and understand:
1) There is a devil who slanders and attacks us (see Job 1-2; 1 Chron 21:1; Luke 22:31; 2 Cor 12:7; Rev 12:10)
2) Though we may not realize it, we’re fighting intense spiritual warfare (see Eph 6:10-17)
3) When things seem out of control, God is still in control (see Luke 22:31-32)
4) As there is a beginning to trouble, there is also an end (see Job 42:12-17)
5) It is our duty to always trust God and allow Him to do His perfect will (see Job 13:15; 23:10)