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? (Job 1:8; 2:3)
Have you ever found yourself wondering what the LORD Yehovah might say about you? If you’re at all like me, it’s hard to imagine God speaking about us the way He did about Job.
Would Jesus say I’m blameless? Strike one! Upright? Strike two! God Fearer? Foul ball maybe; keep trying, but it’s still strike two. Turning away from evil? Do I need to say it? Strike three!
And remember Job’s story; the LORD asks Satan to consider Job before the devil accuses God of blessing this man as one of the LORD’S favorites. Even after God gives Satan permission to bring tragedy into Job’s life, the scriptures tell us that in everything Job did and said he remained a man of integrity because in everything he did not sin against God (Job 1:22; 2:10).
No, I don’t begin to put myself in the same league as Job. And because I can’t imagine the LORD describing me like Job, one thing is certain: I will not go through the same kind of trials and hardship that Job faced.
Yet as surely as the LORD knew Job, God knows me. And the LORD knows you as well. Because God knows us, our the LORD will permit Satan to test us just as He allowed Job to be tested. The test is not the same, but is custom designed to fit us because God knows us. And like Job, our test is not designed for us to fail; God intends for us to likewise pass the test and not sin against Him.
Jesus revealed something amazing about this God who knows us. He taught us to pray saying, “Our Father in heaven” (Mat. 6:9). The LORD Yehovah, the eternal and almighty God, the One seated upon the throne in heaven, HE is our FATHER.
And so when God speaks of us, it is as a loving Father. And when God permits the enemy to bring a test into our lives, the test is Father filtered. God won’t allow Satan to destroy us with a test we can’t pass, but it is like a father’s pitch we can hit out of the park.
I’ve experienced some difficult tests over the last year, and even now I am aware that the testing is not over. I don’t want to fail the test; my starting place is to realize the test is Father filtered. It is a test designed for me to pass as I rest in the unfailing love of my Father God in heaven.
Yes to Yield
LORD Jesus, in the midst of some of the most difficult test I have faced this past year I have also experienced some of the greatest joys. Walking two daughters down the isle as they are united in marriage before you, holding a newborn grandson, enjoying time together on a family vacation, these and other things helped me to look past the difficulties the enemy desired to use to crush me. I thank You LORD, for Your unfailing grace to help me stand through the test. You have been merciful to me and others when I have fallen short. Yet the test is not complete. May I be careful to guard my heart and in turn my words so I will not sin against You. Holy Spirit give me wisdom to walk daily in the fear of the LORD. And as this test comes to an end, may I like Job see Your continued faithfulness to restore what the enemy has taken.