Job 1:6-8 “6 Now there was a day when the sons of God
came to present themselves before the LORD, and
Satan came also among them. 7 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.
8 And the LORD said unto Satan,
Hast thou considered my servant Job,
that [there is] none like him in the earth,
a perfect and an upright man,
one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
We are all familiar with the story of Job. How God removed the protective hedge that He’d placed around him and gave Satan free reign to do anything to Job but kill him. Job lost everything he had. All of his children were killed. All of his livestock was taken. His friends turned on him. Even his wife told him to curse God and die. We are told that in all of his suffering, Job did not sin nor did he charge God foolishly.
But Job’s suffering is not what I want to talk about.
Consider Job outside of Satan’s torment.
Job loved God and followed His commandments. He even offered sacrifices on behalf of his children to atone for their sins. Job was described as perfect and upright. He followed after God.
God was bragging on Job to Satan. I believe that God was proud of Job. There are many who achieve great success and forget God, or elevate themselves in their wealth and think they no longer need God. They may even think that God is beneath them. But Job was different. In spite of his wealth, Job maintained his humility and recognized God as his Lord.
God also new that Job would maintain his integrity even in the shadow disaster and despair. When all others would turn away from Him, Job would hold fast and stay true to Him. In the end, God showed Satan that Job was faithful. I believe God was proud of Job.
Is God bragging on you? Are you chasing after God so hard that he notices that you are something different? Have you set yourself apart so that He can’t help but see you and think, “There’s someone who truly loves me.”
I would have to confess that, although there may have been a time when God might have bragged on me, most like He isn’t now. So this isn’t a judgement against you. It is simply a thought to provoke you, and myself, into doing more of what would make the Father proud. Talk to Him more. Reestablish a relationship. Listen to Him when he speaks. Get to know Him better. Share his gospel. Be calm and listen for the still, small voice. Stop following the things that would draw you away from Him and turn towards Him. Follow hard after Him. Seek his face and not be satisfied until you see Him. Become a God Chaser. It’s been at least a decade since I read that book. It had a profound effect on me at the time. Maybe I need to revisit it.
I want to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” When I appear before God, I want His eyes to beam with pride. I want Him to extend his arm with an open hand and say, “There he is! This is the one that . . . This is the one after my own heart.”
How about you?