The Selected Man
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?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge 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. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” — Job 1:8-11
This proposition is almost inconceivable to our human minds. What loving Father would willingly direct Satan to inflict suffering on a faithful son? How could God lower the "hedge" of protection around one of his most faithful children? Yet, this subtly suggests that God is responsible for the pain and suffering of this life — when he's not. We are responsible. It's our sin and selfishness that ushered suffering into this world. Therefore many a righteous man will suffer at the hand of godless disobedience.
What's unique here is that we get this momentary glimpse of what is transpiring behind the scenes—a look at a conversation between God and Satan.
Yet could this also not be interpreted as glorious. Yes, glorious! Glorious in that God saw something in Job that would endure longer than other common men. A man of uncommon faith. Uncommon willingness. Uncommon endurance. Therefore God selected him for affliction that many could not bear. And in the end, he would become one of the greatest stories of suffering of all time. It is the story of one morally upright man suffering injustice at the hand of Satan. It's the story of a man stripped of everything — children, possessions, property, and power and enduring horrific physical pain. It's one man selected by God to become one of the greatest stories ever told, second only to Jesus Christ, God's Son, who suffered sinlessly. Could there be anything more glorious than suffering at the hand of unrighteousness and enduring for the sake of righteousness?
Rather than be disturbed by this conversation, maybe it's more appropriate to hear the wonderful pride in God's voice as he says to Satan:
"Have you considered my fearless and faithful son Job? He will suffer through anything for me, and he will never give up because he knows your deceptive ways, and he fears only me."
It should be an honor to suffer for the sake of Christ. So here is a question for you today. How will you choose to suffer for the Gospel and name of Jesus Christ today?
ASK THIS: What suffering are you facing today?
DO THIS: Suffer better today than you have in the past.
PRAY THIS: God, while I don't want to be selected for suffering, if I am, help me to suffer better.
PLAY THIS: It Is Well.
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