The Beginning of Job’s Sorrows

Written by on January 18, 2024

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The Beginning of Job's Sorrows
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The Beginning of Job’s Sorrows

I’m revisiting the Book of Job. And I want to point out a few things.

First, Satan knows and sees God’s anointed. Who is extremely blessed under His protection.

Job is referred to by God as “a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil”. Incomparable to no other man on the earth!

Afterward, it is written, “Then Satan answered the LORD, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not put a hedge [of protection] around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands [and conferred prosperity and happiness on him], and his possessions have increased in the land” (Job 1: 9-10, AMP).

Picture 03 - Job 1:9 KJV - Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job - Bible Verse Picture

Never Miscalculate Satan’s True Nature

I want you to recognize Satan’s willfully petty and destructive nature. And know this: many disregard the power of Satan, given by God. They feel as if he is no threat and, in their ignorance, is when he takes them in his craftiness. Confirmed by the Word. “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2: 11, KJV).

Meditate on the different ways that Satan attacked Job. (But only after his subservience to God). Twice through vicious, murdering, thieving men. And twice through acts of nature.

Picture 04 - 2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV - Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we - Bible Verse Picture

I want you to understand why you should never underestimate a known enemy. As I retell the acts that many overlook.

Don’t Underestimate a Known Enemy

1) “While he was still speaking, another [messenger] also came and said, ‘The fire of God (lightning) has fallen from the heavens and has burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you’” (Job 1: 16, AMP).

2) “While he was still speaking, another [messenger] also came and said, ‘Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and suddenly, a great wind came across the desert, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you” (Job 1: 18-19, KJV).

Job 1:18 KJV - While he was yet speaking, there came also - Bible Verse Picture

Remember that at the outset Job would pray and sanctify his children because he did not know what they were doing that he was unaware of.

See to Your Own Salvation

A loving, godly parent will be concerned with their child or children’s spiritual well-being. Although the siblings seemed very close to one another, here is the warning. We must work out our own salvation in fear and trembling.

Jesus advised us: “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be [unexpected judgment]” (Matthew 24: 38-39, AMP).

Matthew 24:39 KJV - And knew not until the flood came, and took them - Bible Verse Picture

These attacks against Job were unrelenting. “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1: 22, KJV). Meaning he did not blame God.

Who Do You Allow in Your Inner Circle

Just like any other day, people desire to see the worst in others. Whether they are envious, jealous, or because of self-hate. This is demonic.

When it is rooted in a lie. And you are the one being persecuted. Know that it is of the devil.

“Again there was a day when the sons of God (angels) came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan (adversary, accuser) also came among them to present himself before the LORD” (Job 2: 1, AMP).

Picture 04 - Job 2:1 KJV - Again there was a day when the sons of God came - Bible Verse Picture

Guilty, suspicious, and sinful people deflect. Attempting to cover their evil deeds. Just as a liar or cheater who accuses their partner of the same.

Because they are in darkness, they don’t know you nor do they care to. You should separate yourselves from them.

Do You Really Know Them Like That

Now Job must have been a very wise man because the devil studies us from birth. He knows us better than we know ourselves and it makes it easy for him to manipulate us. Even to our own destruction.

The fact that the enemy did not know Job, speaks to Job’s wisdom. And when he did not break Job at first, he began to slander him again.

“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face” (Job 2: 4-5, KJV).

Picture 07 - Job 2:4 KJV - And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for - Bible Verse Picture

Let me reiterate what is given to the devil. Because some refuse to understand the significance of spiritual warfare.

3) So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown” (Job 2: 7, KJV). The devil can torment with illness and disease. Even up unto death, if allowed.

Hurt People, Hurt People

Can I give you some advice? True friends are rare. Particularly today, almost non-existent. Who you choose to be in relationships with is critical. Because even if it is not intentional, they speak into your life, good or evil, life or death, blessings or curses.

Hear clearly, the words of Job’s wife. “Then his wife said to him, ‘Do you still cling to your integrity [and your faith and trust in God, without blaming Him]? Curse God and die!’” (Job 2: 9, AMP).

Picture 05 - Job 2:9 KJV - Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still - Bible Verse Picture

Now Job has lost everything and then he is struck in his body. So disfigured that his friends didn’t even recognize him. He scraped his boils and sat in his dead skin!

She was also affected. Most likely cringing as she looked at him. Not wanting to be near him. Grieving her own losses also.

Prepare Yourself for The Different Seasons of Life

Pay attention to how Job responds and think about the relationships in and around you. You don’t want someone to tear you down or to be unsupportive. But to help build you up.

“But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the (Now here it is!) [spiritually] foolish women speaks [ignorant and oblivious to God’s will]. Shall we indeed accept [only] good from God and not [also] accept adversity and disaster?’ In [spite of] all this Job did not sin with [words from] his lips” (Job 2: 10, AMP).

Picture 02 - Job 2:10 KJV - But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the - Bible Verse Picture

At the outset, I believe the Book of Job has many hidden gems. Of a surety, one is that the devil is already defeated. And the importance of who we allow into our lives.

Evil Communications Corrupt Good Manners

Many righteous individuals have profane connections and soul ties that are robbing them of their virtues. And these same uncivilized individuals obtain mercy because of their association with the upright.

Remember this as I give you confirmation from the Word of the LORD:

a) The importance of separation from unclean things. “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18: 4, KJV).

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b) Ungodly relationships can defile believers. “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15: 33, KJV).

God is Merciful

c) God will show mercy to some, only because of whom they are associated with. “And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?

“That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that shall be far from thee: Shall not the judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city (This went even down to ten!), then I will spare all the place for their sakes” (Genesis 18: 23-26, KJV).

Picture 04 - Genesis 18:24 KJV - Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the - Bible Verse Picture

A Reckoning is Coming

d) This mercy won’t last forever. Judgment is going to be individualized. “Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the LORD GOD. Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the LORD GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves” (Ezekiel 14: 14, 18, KJV).

To those ungodly people who will leech off of sincere, caring people, a reckoning is coming. No one will be able to pray for mercy on your souls.

Ezekiel 14:18 KJV - Though these three men were in it, as I live, - Bible Verse Picture

And finally,

e) Though God created all things, evil chooses its path. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man” (James 1: 13, KJV). The end of this scripture in the amplified version says, “for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one”.

Always coming from a place of love and in truth.

Originally written on January 14, 2024.

 

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