It does not end here…
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Just in case you missed that…
I am moved to ask where you are heading to? Only that which is Permitted is allowed to occur!
Nothing can happen without God’s permission! … Therefore, it holds then that everything that happens in heaven or on earth is subject to God’s commands. He is in charge of all things. Nothing can take place without Him sanctioning it.
Isaiah 46:9-10 speaks to the eternal nature of God and His sovereignty. To declare the end from the beginning, one would have to exist before time began and still exist after time ends. And only a sovereign can have His counsel stand and do as He pleases.
I am moved to share about Lot and His experience…
In a conversation with God, Satan suggests that Job would turn away from God if he should lose his wealth and good fortune. God agrees to put the matter to a test.
This is a key passage for setting the stage for all that follows. Satan is like a roving ambassador who comes to God to give a report on what he has seen and heard. God boasts about Job, whom God considers to be an outstanding example of what a religious person should be. Satan takes the bait and raises a question about Job’s sincerity and motivation for serving God. Since Job has been gifted with such abundance and a wonderful life, it is no wonder that he serves God. But, says Satan, if you take his good fortune away from him, he will turn against God. Satan believes that the only reason anyone, including Job, worships God and follows God’s commands is for the rewards. This is a very interesting thought. Is Satan right? Even in our day, why do people choose to be followers of God? Is it for rewards, such as good health and even eternal life? Is it possible to love God for God’s own sake and not because of what “I can get out of it?” Can one still love God when all outward signs of God’s care and protection have gone away?
Many readers of Job are troubled by how quickly God responds to Satan’s question and allows Satan to proceed to cause havoc in Job’s life. It is interesting to note that Satan cannot go ahead without God’s permission. The ultimate authority belongs to God, even though evil is allowed to occur. An important and difficult question is “Why does God allow Satan to hurt Job?” There is no easy answer, and, of course, the book does not mean to be an historical account. The book allows hard issues to emerge because they do in human experience. Allowing the questions is necessary in order to be able to address them. Satan has put God in a tough place by his question. If God does not permit Satan to test his theory about the motivation of pious folks like Job, then Satan can say, “You are afraid I might be right by refusing to see if Job will stay faithful after a series of disasters.” If God does allow the testing to take place, his faithful servant Job will be hurt and God’s reputation as a caring and protecting presence will be tarnished.
Attack on Job’s Character
One day the Heavenly beings came to present themselves before The Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’ Satan answered The Lord, “From going to and fro on the Earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the Earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil.”
Then Satan answered The Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not put a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. (Satan does observe The Works of God in his roaming to and forth on the Earth – his domain. The phrase “god of this world” (or “god of this age”) indicates that Satan is the major influence on the ideals, opinions, goals, hopes and views of the majority of people. His influence also encompasses the world’s philosophies, education, and commerce. The thoughts, ideas, speculations and false religions of the world are under his control and have sprung from his lies and deceptions. He is the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31.) Satan speaking to God “But stretch out Your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.’ The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, all that he has is in your power; only do not stretch out your hand against him!” So Satan went out from The presence of The Lord.
We have so very much to gain from this book. I admit reading may be a bit burdensome at times. It was one of the first books I was moved to read upon recovery from my experience. Admittedly, the same book and/or verse possesses so very much. Read The Word and meditate on it day and night.
Every word and action is formulated within us before it is spoken or done.