There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil…Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God… (Job 1:1,9, NLT)
This marvelous poem, one of the profoundest studies in the Bible, deals with the great problem of evil. At some time or other in our lives, we come back to study it, as a clue to life’s maze, the expression of our hearts outcry, and the solution of life mystery in the will and love of God.
From first to last, the supreme questions in this wonderful piece of literature are: can God make man love him for himself alone and apart from his gifts? And why is evil permitted, and what part does it play in the nurture of the soul of man? These questions are always with us. In fact, the book of job may be said to be a compendium of the existence and history of our race.
The first chapter teems with helpful lessons. The anxiety of parents for their children should extend itself in ceaseless intercession on their behalf. The great Adversary of souls is always on the watch, considering our conduct so as to accuse us before God, not only for our overt sins, but for unworthy motives. We cannot forget our Lords were to Peter: “Satan asked to have you but I have made supplication for thee, that thy faith fail not.” (Luke 22:31). Christ never underestimated the power of Satan, the Prince of this world, but He is our great Intercessor. (Hebrews 4: 14-16; 7:25)
In circumstances of prosperity and happiness, we must never forget that it is God who plants a hedge around us, blesses our work, and increases our substance. It is good to realize that whatever be the malignity of our foes, there is always the divine restraint, and we are not tempted beyond what we are able to bear. It is not enough to endure our griefs sullenly or stoically. It should be our aim not only to hold fast to our integrity, but to trust God. There is a clue to the mystery of human life, which comes to the man who differentiates between the Real and the unreal; The seen and the Unseen.
Prayer—My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Amen.