Job 2:9-10 “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
One of the most misunderstood attributes of God is His sovereignty.
Webster’s defines sovereign this way:
“1. Supreme in power; possessing supreme dominion; as a sovereign ruler of the universe.
2. Supreme; superior to all others; chief. God is the sovereign good of all who love and obey him.”
Our God is superior in every way. All of creation is under His control. He has chosen to give man the ability to possess free will. The misunderstanding comes when we cannot reconcile our situation and circumstances with what we know about God.
We know that God is good. Jesus said as much.
Luke 18:19 “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.”
We know that God is love.
1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
God possesses other attributes such as mercy, faithfulness, gracious, forgiving, and peace.
To think that such a God could allow evil to come into one’s life seems hard to grasp. We might ask:
“If He loves me, why would He not protect me from what would hurt me?”
“If He is Sovereign, why would He not stop the evil and keep me from being hurt?”
These are all legitimate questions.
Job’s wife had been by her husband’s side and got a front-row seat to all that happened. A woman draws security from a man’s ability to protect and provide. Job had just lost both.
Her heart was devastated by the news that all of her children were dead instantly. Now, as she looked upon her husband stricken with boils covering every part of his body, she had probably reached a breaking point.
In many ways, we are just like her when subjected to trials that test our faith and begin to question God’s ability to protect and provide for us.
There are a few things worth mentioning in this account of Job’s trial.
Satan needed God’s permission to afflict Job. It was God that brought Job into the conversation and asked the devil what he thought. We find that Satan was limited by God’s hedge of protection placed around Him and his family.
Job 1:12 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”
The next thing to note is that the fire that fell was of God and from Heaven. Satan does not possess the power to do such things.
Job 1:16 “While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”
Both men and animals were destroyed in that fire.
Job could have quickly grown satisfied, at ease, and complacent in his relationship with God to be in such possession of God’s manifold blessings. Yet, we see his dedication and devotion to God is what kept all things in perspective.
Job 1:5 “And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.”
Job shored up every possibility of sin regarding him or his family with intercessory prayer. That prayer was founded in faith and with an in-depth knowledge of God’s Sovereignty.
Job knew that God controlled all that was good in his life, but that which was bitter, that which was hurtful, and that which was evil.
So firm was his faith that when evil finally did come, his faith buoyed him through the storm he was facing. We falter, fall, and fail when not sustained by the type of faith that Job displayed.
Job wasn’t just a favored son of God that God decided to test. God knew Job’s character, his will, and his faith. That was what was put to the test.
Often, when put the test, we fail because we lack the knowledge of God’s most vital characteristic – His Sovereignty. Job did not fully comprehend the “why” of his trial. What Job did know was that the “Who” he trusted was in control.
As a child of God, we must recognize that though we suffer, we serve a God who chose not only to suffer FOR us but also to suffer WITH us.
Though evil may come into our lives, we must know that God put His stamp of approval before it was ever allowed to come into our life. He loves us that much. He also knows that it will all work together for good.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Whatever may come into our life is for our good and our edification.
2 Corinthians 10:7-9 “Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s. For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.”
Take heart and know that God will see you through the darkest of nights, the deepest of valleys, and mountains’ highest. He has not left us alone. He promises that He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us.