In honor of one of my books, Cracks in the Foundations, being re-done and added onto Kindle at the end of this summer, I wanted to share an excerpt from the book.
#19 WHAT ABOUT JOB?
Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth . . . ” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? . . . But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. (Excerpts from Job 1:8-12).
Job loved God in the midst of great problems and tragedy. He is an example to us of being steadfast in extremely difficult circumstances.
There will be a crack in our spiritual foundation if we conclude that God allows Satan to test our Christian love and commitment through destructive loss of property, death of family members and physical affliction. If we believe this (even to a small degree), we will live in doubt concerning God’s goodness and His will about protection, long life and physical health. The devil (the thief) is seeking “to kill, steal and destroy” things in our lives (see John 10:10). We are called to resist the devil to the point where he flees from us (James 4:7). If we think that God has indirectly sent him to us to test our lives, then we will have little power or faith to persevere in our resistance of him (because we will think we might be resisting God).
Job said, “What I greatly feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25). His fear gave Satan a legal access to “kill, steal, and destroy” from him. God “allowed” this attack only in the sense that He has established spiritual laws (such as the laws of fear and faith) that bring a result into our lives. Job’s situation was not a random, sovereign attack; but it manifested because of a violation of a spiritual law. We will be on a “slippery slope” if we subconsciously believe that God might sovereignly dismantle our lives to test us.
We will be posting more about this book over the next couple of months. We are happy to share some additional Cracks to overcome and study questions for groups!