He Just Won’t Stop
And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” — Job 2:3
Have you had one of those days, weeks, or months where you did not know if the trials and tests were ever going to end? Of course, you have. That might be today. And as you are trying to make sense out of your suffering, know that God may see it as unreasonable as well. Did you see how God responded to Satan here? He declared. "You incited me against him to destroy him without reason." See that? Without reason!
But as you are spending all this time reasoning about your suffering, you might need to reason about something else as well. That there is a great God who still rules all things. A God with absolute sovereign control. A God who is not tempted or threatened by Satan's relentless requests as he roams the earth. A God who knows just how much you can handle. A God who may see in you the courage, temperance, perseverance, and endurance of Job. A man who "there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?"
So today, as you consider the trials and temptations that won't stop, do two things for me. First, stop reasoning about out why Satan is tempting you without reason. He's pretty unreasonable. Second, start reasoning about why God has chosen you. Search long and hard for why God may have chosen you. Like Job, he may have chosen you because he sees something noble in you that will become a witness for others through this season of suffering. And then once you think you have identified this quality, pray for its increase in you. And then stand strong.
So remember, when you have those days where Satan just will not stop, you are chosen by God, not by Satan! That God may have chosen you for an extraordinary story. One of great victory over evil and sin that will be used in this life to display God's glory — a story that God is writing right now in you.
ASK THIS: What positive characteristic does God see in you that uniquely qualifies you for your present suffering? (Share this in the comments below)
DO THIS: Focus less on what Satan is doing in your suffering and more about what God is doing through you.
PRAY THIS: God, what you see in me, declare out loud to me. Give me more of what I need to endure this season. May your glory be displayed through my suffering and weakness. Turn this season into a story of your greatness and a testimony for others.
PLAY THIS: My Testimony.
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Perseverance to grow in my dependence in Him and desire to live like Jesus.
Growing dependence on Him.
My faith in him gets stronger each day and for this I am blessed
This verse troubles me. How can Godbe “incited” by Satan? This whole book of Job makes me wonder if it should be part of scripture.
These devotions about Job couldn’t have come at a better time for me (and my family). We just learned yesterday that my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. My wife, two kids, and myself are shellshocked right now. Needing prayer and strength. It’s really hard not to feel scared and give Satan a foothold to use fear against us. We’re doing our best to stay focused on God.
Perseverance and suffering through trial
That I am a “Man of God.” Capable of all things.
Faith and perseverance.
My complete and utter dependence on Him to go through all aspects of life, good or bad. I hate the pandemic but I’ve grown at a noticeable difference compared to the start because I’ve had more time for God
Even though my will gets in the way of patience, I have a lot of endurance and perseverance.
Awesome insight Vince!
A God who knows just how much you can handle……God has more faith in me than I have in myself.
I pray God will show me what is good in me. The consequences of my sins are weighing heavy on me and I find hard to see any good in me. Even though things are hard it goes to show just how great God is as I deserve much worse.
This was exactly what I needed today. Thank you.