Job 2:3 (ESV): 3 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”
The story of Job fills us both with questions about God and suffering and yet also gives us comfort and hope in times of trouble.
Satan appeared before God in heaven twice. The first time, God allowed Satan to touch all that Job had. Satan proceeded to destroy Job’s oxen, donkeys and sheep, and to cause a storm to knock down the house in which Job’s children were feasting, killing them.
Job responded by worshipping God.
Now, Satan challenged God to allow him to afflict him physically. God allowed Satan to do so, only sparing Job’s life.
This scripture is incredibly challenging for us. Do we live such a holy life that God would characterize us as blameless, full of integrity, fearing him and turning away from doing evil?
If God were to allow us to suffer even a fraction of what Job suffered, would we respond by worshipping God and maintaining our integrity?
Will we choose to respond to setbacks and difficulty in life with the same hope and faith in God displayed by Job?
Heavenly Father, help me to live a holy life, blameless and full of integrity for your sake. When trouble comes, help me to worship you, trusting you completely and implicitly. Amen.