Monday, October 1, 2018
Put To The Test
Satan asks God a question all of us should answer as well. Satan, who roams and patrols the earth, and of whom we should always be aware, is a smart guy (woman?). When things go well for us and we are happy and thankful for our blessings, we praise God. But when things go wrong we have a different attitude. Many of us “blaspheme God” and perhaps even lose our faith in a loving God that cares for us. Satan believes that will be Job’s fate when cursed with all sorts of hideous misfortune caused by Satan with God’s permission.
After suffering so much, Job succumbs, and then the Lord speaks. After a lengthy conversation, Job repents. He says:
I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be hindered. “Who is this who obscures counsel with ignorance?” I have spoken but did not understand; things too marvelous for me, which I did not know. “Listen, and I will speak; I will question you, and you tell me the answers.” By hearsay I had heard of you, but now my eye has seen you. Therefore I disown what I have said, and repent in dust and ashes.”
When trouble and misfortune befall us and it seems as if Satan has the upper hand; when we are angry at God and may abandon God, can we respond like Job? Of course, in that biblical setting God spoke at length to Job. We won’t have that same experience. We’ll have to respond with faith and prayer and then hold onto what has sustained us for so many years – the presence of God in our lives made evident by our Church and those who love and care for us.
Job died, old and full of years. We all hope for that, but nothing is guaranteed.
Deacon David Pierce