Sunday, September 14, 2014

Devotion for the day..

Job 1:8-11 (NIV)
Then the LORD said to
Satan, "Have you considered my servant
Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is...
blameless and upright, a man who fears God
and shuns evil."
"Does Job fear God for
nothing?" Satan replied.
"Have you not put
a hedge around him and his household and
everything he has? You have blessed the
work of his hands, so that his flocks and
herds are spread throughout the land.
stretch out your hand and strike everything
he has, and he will surely curse you to your

Job is the earliest of all the literature in the
Bible. The sin that was most feared was
cursing God, even if it was not spoken aloud.
The book begins by describing Job as the
greatest man of the East, and tells us that he
was blameless. We know that all have sinned
and fallen short of God's glory, so we should
consider this to be a statement relative to his
culture. However, God commended him as
one of the most righteous men upon the
The scene changes to the halls of heaven.
Satan (which means the Accuser) had been
roaming the earth. God brought up the
subject of Job and his righteousness. Satan
suggested that it was only because of the
abundance of wealth and protection from evil
that caused Job to act in a righteous manner.
In other words, his heart was not righteous,
he was just never tempted sufficiently. Satan
suggested that if God took away Job's
possessions and he would commit that
unpardonable sin of cursing God, "even curse
You to your face". The heavenly forces are
battling over the souls of men.
We can learn many things from this ancient
narrative. God does put a hedge about us.
Satan was complaining about that because
he is the Destroyer. In the spiritual realms
you can be sure your Adversary is accusing
you before God. He must have permission to
destroy the possessions of those under
God's care. What assurance this should bring
us, knowing that the only time the Adversary
can get through that hedge is at God's
permission. It will either turn us back to God,
or it will bring us to a closer walk with Him. It
will testify to the heavenly realms that the
fallen angels have made the wrong choice.
Remember: You are the subject of a heavenly
battle. Stay faithful!
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