God was holding court in heaven with His holy angels. He asked this question of the devil in Job 1 and 2, because even the devil and its angels (wicked, evil spirits) sneak into church at times as we see here. Why do they come? Mainly to harass God and to accuse the brethren as we learnt from these chapters. God knows its tricks so He got to the point:

 “and the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it” (Job 1:7).

Notice here that the devil is a restless, wandering, roaming spirit. It wanders up and down as a fugitive, trying to mimic the eyes of the Almighty God and also trying to avoid divine arrest. It is not omnipotent, because God asked “hast thou considered my servant Job?” God’s question implies that the devil, like its children the Pharisees, Parisees and the scribes, is always spying on the believer to get an opportunity to do evil to the child of God.

The devil grouched bitterly about the hedge of angels around the servant of the Lord, telling us that it had tried to do something to harm Job witout God’s permission. Sastan was crazy with anger and jealousy because God approved Job and because the man of God had obtained everything that satan had lost through treachery – status with God and the holy angels, its place as God’s high priest,chief worshipper and musician, perfection, uprightness, fear of God and righteousness (Job 1:1).

Job had beautiful and handsome offspring. Satan could not say that of its company of demons! Job was the most wealthy man of his times, the Old Testament Donald Trump (1:3) and he was an intercessor and priest and faithful to this calling (5). He was a priest because he sanctified his children and offered burnt offering on their behalf in his role of intercessor and priest. Job was high on God’s honors list. Very few people usually are and here was the perfect opportunity for God to show off to satan and to rub in what it was missing.

The devil started its accusations about Job’s motives for serving the Lord (using itself as an imperfect example, since this is all it knows about). It challenged God to harm Job, but we know from James 1:3 that God does not tempt His children or any man with evil. The devil is really angry and grieved at true servants of the Lord because it returned another time on the issue. It was not satisfied with its destruction of the man of God. It had used the Chaldeans, fire from heaven, a great wind/hurricane to wreak destruction and the man of God fell on his face and worshipped. That aggravated the devil bitterly, because it had expected Job to curse God and die, as it suggested to Mrs. Job. The question is about nature of our response if God allows the devil to do a Job on us. Job put on sackcloth and ashes, fell down and worshipped God in response to his crisis. I fel so ashamed of myself for failing to worship in some recent difficulties. This man was doing what the angels do in heaven, for he was a true worshipper.

God eventually gave satan the permission to touch Job to prove that He will make a way of escape out of temptation for His people (1 Cor 10:13). When all was said and done, satan appears only in chapters 1 and 2. Job’s response effectively diminhes the power of the adversary to call God a liar. In other words, Job was serving the Lord because he loved Him. The enemy has no more say, no more attention, no more glory. God finally revealed Himself to Job as Creator (chap 39) and chided Job for contending with Him and for speaking in ignorance about the nature of the situation (Job 38:2, 40:2). Job was in effect trying to establish his self righteousness by asking “why me?” (Job 40:8). His deliverance was initiated by a personal revelation of the Lord (a Theophany) in which Job was overwhelmed at having seen the Lord (Job 42:3). He was also delivered when he forgave his enemies, an important virtue for gaining God’s favor and resisting the devil (Job 42:10, 2 Cor 2: 10,11). The ultimate lesson is that God will always give us double for our trouble as evidenced by the double reward that He gave to His servant (Job 42:10-18)for passing the test successfully. He made God look really good. Let us be encouraged in our tests and worship the Lord, like Job did. If we endure our tests stoically, bend our backs and bear the trials, we will shall receive a Crown of Life from the Righteous Judge (Js 1:12).

Blessings and God bless!

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