Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Daily - 8/19/08

Job 1:6-12

6 One day, when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, Satan also came among them.

7 And the LORD said to Satan, "Whence do you come?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "From roaming the earth and patrolling it."

8 And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job, and that there is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?"

9 But Satan answered the LORD and said, "Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?

10 Have you not surrounded him and his family and all that he has with your protection? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock are spread over the land.

11 But now put forth your hand and touch anything that he has, and surely he will blaspheme you to your face."

12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand upon his person." So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

We talked about Satan a bit last night at CRHP. Here’s the opening of Job, which gives an interesting picture of Satan. He is out "roaming the earth and patrolling it."

1 Peter 5:8-9 –

8 Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for (someone) to devour.

9 Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.

It’s clear – Satan is out there wandering around, looking to cause damage. God ALLOWS him to do so. That can be a tough thought to wrap our minds around. God allows Satan to patrol the earth, and to mess with us. Sometimes, as is the case with Job, God allows it to happen for a purpose.

If you can sense Satan in your life, have confidence that Christ defeated the devil, and at the name of Jesus, EVERY knee – including Satan’s will bow. Also realize that the devil is on a leash – he is only here by God’s permission. Perhaps there’s a lesson attached to his presence.