Devastation wreaked havoc on all that Job had and only one servant in each place escaped in order to tell Job just what had happened. One satanic anathema after another until the final blow. A mighty wind blew destroying Job’s eldest son’s house, killing all of Job’s children.
How would you respond? What would your reaction be? One moment you are so blessed, all your needs are provided in abundance, and the next moment all is lost. Tragedy wreaks havoc in all your business and all your family. Job had no idea (I believe) that God had this conversation with Satan. Do you think God has had a similar conversation about you?
As was with Job, we are unaware of why things are falling apart around us. But like Job, our response is of utmost importance. The sin that Satan is tempting us with is an anger that leads to spiritual death. Blaming God for all that is bad, all the while forgetting that God gives us all that is good. Job’s example is perfect. In verse 22 Job bowed down and worshipped. See, God was right. Satan could not beat Job down. Rather, through trials and suffering, Job showed his strength in the Lord when he fell to his knees and worshipped.
It’s my prayer that I respond in this way. It’s my prayer that I will worship God no matter my circumstances. It’s my prayer that God would get all the glory. It’s my prayer that I would be an example to those around me. While we may not receive a double portion of everything after Satan has done everything to destroy us, God does promise that He will work all things for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
Perhaps you have already experienced this process of growing from weakness. And perhaps you find yourself unable to identify as nothing like this has occurred in your life. The important thing is that we dedicate every day to the Lord. Every thought, every motive, must be worship unto Him. And then no matter, come what may, no devastation will cause us to sin. For greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).