JOB, SATAN, AND THIS PRESENT AGE…

JOB 9:24: “The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, who else could it be?” NKJV

OBSERVATION: Can I learn anything from the book of Job? Does this ancient historical account have any relevance today? Many skip over the book of Job when reading their Bible. It is a difficult book to read and understand. It is filled with so many questions about suffering and God’s involvement in such.

First, I would like to make an important statement. The book of Job is not a book that you can use to form doctrinal statements. It is a book of dialogue between Job, who was suffering in terrible anguish, Job’s three miserable comforters, one young man with spiritual insight, and finally – a personal encounter with the Lord Himself.

The dialogue from the three miserable comforters, who were rebuked by God Himself, is filled with platitudes and half-truths. The dialogue from Job is filled with the words of a man in great anguish and confusion. Yet, from the midst of Job’s confusion, we can glean some important insights. As Job tries to defend himself before his accusers, and as he tries to understand his suffering, he poses a very important question.

  • “The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, who else could it be?”

Job looks at his life, his losses, his suffering, and the apparent favor of the wicked over the righteous and asks – “If it is not He, who else could it be?”. Job, like so many today, blames God for the wickedness and suffering in the world. They look at evil prevailing over good, innocent people suffering, and they ask,

“If God is a God of love – why would he allow this to continue?”

Yet, within the very book of Job, we find the answer to his question. If it is not He (God), who else could it be?” The opening chapters of the book of Job give us the answer.

  • 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? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” Job 1:9-11 NKJV

If it is not He, who else could it be? The answer is – Satan! I am amazed at how successful Satan has been in removing the legitimacy of his existence from our present culture. While hiding behind a screen he has lured our culture into worshipping at his footstool. The evil, confusion, sickness, disease, violence, war, division, and destruction are the craftily laid works of his hands. Our culture has become mere puppets with which he controls the strings.

If I did not know there was a real source of evil in this world I would be greatly discouraged. Man is helpless against his crafty and deceitful plans. This is why God Himself came to earth in the form of a man. He did not come merely to teach us. Jesus came to destroy the power of the enemy over our lives!

  • “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” I John 3:8 NKJV

This brings us to the next insight we can glean from Job’s misunderstanding and confusion.

  • “For He is not a man, as I am, That I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, Who may lay his hand on us both. Let Him take His rod away from me, And do not let dread of Him terrify me. Then I would speak and not fear Him, But it is not so with me.” Job 9:32-35 NKJV

Job labors under the misconception that he is alone in his struggle. He wants to approach God but knows in his state he cannot. He is filled with discouragement as he cries out – “Nor is there any mediator between us.” While Job labored under a limited perspective in both his suffering and the revelation of Scripture at that time – we do not! There is a mediator! We do have the ability to approach God! We are not hopeless and we are not left on our own!

  • “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,”. I Timothy 2:3-6 NKJV

Jesus is our mediator! He has come to destroy the power of the enemy over our lives! Jesus died and rose again so that we could be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. And, He did much more than that. Jesus gives us direct access to the very throne of the Almighty God! We now have the privilege of entering into God’s presence through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ!

  • “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:19-23 NKJV

To sum it up…

Satan is the author of all the evil in this world.

Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan.

Jesus came to offer salvation to all who would believe.

Jesus came to be our mediator with God.

Jesus came to give us access to the presence of God.

Jesus is our Faithful High Priest who is always interceding for us.

There is an answer to the source of evil in this world. There is a victory over the power of evil in this world. There is a mediator between God and man. We have not been abandoned. God Himself has come to redeem us. And, He is in the process of redeeming His entire creation! There is a day coming when all the power of the enemy will be vanquished and God will set up His eternal Kingdom (Revelation 19-22).

Until that time – we do not have to walk in the same misunderstanding and discouragement that Job wrestled with. As the writer of Hebrews boldly proclaims,

  • “You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:8-9 NKJV

But we see Jesus! Lord, open my eyes and let me see Jesus in every aspect of my life today!

In Jesus’ Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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