The Truth about Job

 

    Many Christians miss interrupt the book of Job. God is not an Indian giver and he certainly is not a thief. However, God would be both, If, he had made it possible, for Satan to steal Job’s blessings. In the first place, the bible does not say that Job’s great possessions were blessings, given to him, by God. The bible simply says that Job’s substance was large enough to make him the greatest man in the East. Satan is the one who says, that God had blessed the work of Job’s hands. Should we believe anything Satan says? Show me a single quote, from Satan, in the entire bible, where he has not twisted the truth into a lie! He lied to Eve, he lied three times to Jesus, in the dessert, he lied to God about Job and he is lying to multitudes of Christians in the world, as I write this! In John 8:44, Jesus says there is no truth in Satan. He says Satan is a liar and the father of lies. Plainly put, Jesus said, that Satan is incapable of telling the truth. Why then, should we believe what Satan says to God in Job 1:10 when he says, “You have blessed the works of Job’s hands”.

    Did God believe him? I think not! God knew, very well, that Satan was lying. We should be able to tell God knew Satan was lying, when we read how God responded to him in Job 1:12. Here, he corrected Satan’s statement, by saying, “Look (Behold) Satan, everything he has, is in your power”. The verb “is” in this sentence denotes a present state of being. If God had transferred Job’s wealth to Satan in this statement, he would have used an action verb like “give”. If that were the case, God would have said something to this effect. “Satan, everything Job has, I give to you”. God said no such thing! He was simply calling Satan's hand, by stating a fact that already existed. He knew beforehand that Satan was trying to get him to buy into his lies. God knew that Job’s great wealth and prestige were not the result of his blessings. He knew they came from Satan’s powers of deception. Satan comes as an angel of light, to deceive all those, who can be deceived. He fools many of God’s people, into thinking, that their gain is a reward, for their good works. So it was with Job. Knowing this, God lowered the stop gap hedge of protection around Job, so Satan could take back that, which had been in Satan’s power already, and had been placed there as a hindrance, not as a blessing. “Only, do not touch Job, himself”, God said.

    As a teacher, in the fivefold ministry, I have learned to see God, through his word and the revelation of his Holy Spirit. His written word confirms everything I am saying. I know God’s nature, through hours of meditating on his word, and through personal experiences with him, where I have witnessed his awesome love, power and guidance! Yet, I realize that what I am saying here is contrary to what many bible teachers teach. I too, like many other Christians, believed on God for years, but knew very little about him. I, like Job, was caught up, in a self-centered way, of relating to God. I had been born of His Spirit, but I wasn’t knowledgeable enough in His word to begin to understand Him. We humans easily become so intent, on chasing the tangible things, of this world, but fail to spend enough time, developing the most important relationship we will ever have. Christians, hear about God from their parents, from a pastor, from an evangelist, in a church meeting, or summer camp, and over the years, begin to think they know God. The fact is, most Christians know very little about the nature of God. Satan is a master at giving Christians enough rope to hang themselves by twisting the truth just a little. Most Christians receive God’s saving grace, but afterward spend very little time learning about who God is. The bible is about him, not us! We, too often, spend our time, on self-improvement programs, centered on improving our position in this world, instead of the world to come. All too often Christians use their self-righteous performance, as a measuring stick, instead of using the perfect pattern of Christ. I know I fell into this trap, and still do, in some areas of my life. In this void, created by ignorance, as we become wrapped up in self-improvement projects, ever learning, but never coming to the realization of the truth, it becomes very easy, just like Job, for us to mistake the stolen riches, offered to us, by Satan, for the blessings of our Lord. Remember, he enticed Jesus with a gift of the entire world, and he would, no doubt, have given him everything, that he, himself, had stolen, in order to derail his destiny. As a Christian, do you think you would be able to turn down control of the entire world? Don’t lie! Most of us would be justifying acceptance of this Trojan horse, by telling ourselves how much we could do for God, if we controlled the entire world. Really? Then why did Jesus turn it down?

    To start moving away from this self-centered approach to God, I had to first focus more on God, and less on myself. As I focused more and more on God, I began to experience a closeness and peace, which I had never experienced before. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us. But how can we draw near to someone we cannot see?  I defy anyone to develop a relationship with another person, whom they have only heard others talk about. To be able to begin to develop a viable relationship with another person, we must be close enough to see them. The only way to see God, however, is through eyes of faith. But where do we get faith? Romans 12:3 says, “Every Christian has been dealt the measure of faith”. However, that faith, which we received, in our born again spirit, when the spirit of Christ united with our spirit, must be drawn up, into our mind, our will and our emotions, in order to transform the way we think, and thus our actions. (Romans 12:2, Proverbs 23:7). The logos or written word of God becomes the seed of that transformation. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. In other words, when we study the supernatural word of God, the faith already present in our spirit begins to permeate into our mind, where it is supernaturally magnified by hearing the word of God. Developing this faith, in my mind, through God’s word, has allowed me to see God better, than I could ever have imagined, just a few years ago. Yet, tomorrow I will see better, than I do today. Through this ever increasing ability to use my eyes of faith, I am able to see God working in my life, and at the same time, spot those enticing traps, laid for me, by an entire world caught up in the sway of the wicked one. (1 John 5:19) Yes, and like Job, one of the most important lessons Christians must learn in the first place, is not what to gain and then hang onto in life but what not to hang onto. By letting go of enticements of the enemy before they become a blinding problem is a much better way to live, then by chasing and hanging on, forcing God to lower the stop gap hedges of protection which He has placed around us. Believe me! Satan knows how to create world-wide ministries for Christians and make them look like a blessing from God. However, these pseudo blessings will eventually be yanked from our hands, in the hope, that we will curse God and die. I would like to say to every Christian who reads this. Please don't take the path that Job took. Spend time in the word learning of your Father through your own eyes of faith and don't just listen to what others have to say about him. 

    Job 42:5  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now my eyes see you.

    John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    What is a "stop gap"?  A stop gap is a temporary fix put in place to protect the integrity of a system or situation, until a more permanent solution can be put in place. If we study the scriptures in the bible, containing the word "hedge", it becomes apparent, that God uses hedges as a stop gap measure of protection for his people. They were never meant to be permanent.

Wayne Wade