JOB AND HIS TEMPTATION: GOD’S ROLE IN IT…

The book begins with a glowing description of the main character Job. I particularly like how Good News Bible puts it: He was a man who worshiped God and was faithful to him. He was a good man, careful not to do anything evil. What a man!

He wasn’t just a religious man but also a prosperous one. Actually, he was said to be the most influential person in the Middle East, back in the day. So this man had it all: The ‘fear’ of God and ‘a fat bank account’. What can go wrong?

But all of a sudden, a little thing called peripeteia happened to him. In simple English, he suffered a sudden tragic reversal in fortune. Well, the truth is the adversary, the devil sought to devour him. He envied his piety and prosperity and sought to inflict pain on him to the end that he loses faith in God. However, his devilish might notwithstanding, he couldn’t get to him without a loophole.

You see, the believer cannot be possessed of/by the devil because his body is God’s temple. He also cannot come under the devil’s authority because he has been translated into the kingdom/dominion of God/light. However, the believer can subject himself to the devil’s affliction if he lets down his guard.

Back to Job…So the devil needed an inlet and he found one – fear. Fear is a potent weapon in the devil’s arsenal. Listen to Job’s confession after the successive series of … that befell him – 3:25-26:

Everything I fear and dread comes true.
I have no peace, no rest, and my troubles never end.

His life was ruled by the fear of the unknown…He consistently conceived them in his mind till the devil made it a reality for him.

Interestingly, all along, Job thought God was the mastermind of his misfortune. In fact, he gave God the glory for what the devil did:

The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Many believing folks are like Job. They think God has a hand in the unpleasant things that befall them.

I once heard a true-life story of a clergy who paid a condolence visit to a woman who lost her baby. In his way of consoling the bereaved, the clergy said: Take heart. Your baby’s death is God’s will. You can’t but submit to it. That unguarded statement dealt a blow to the woman’s faith in God.

Some will say “God was surely involved in Job’s misery. He gave the devil the permission after all”. And of course, they make reference to the supposed conversation about Job between Satan and God. Now imagine the scenario: Satan strolled into God’s presence and had a dialogue with him? God and the devil having a tete-a-tete and struck a bargain over one of God’s children? Unthinkable!

What communion hath light with darkness?

What you find in Job 1:6-12 and 2:1-7 is a documentation of a spiritual reality as perceived by the documenter. Obviously, the writer was not present when these opposing forces were having their exchange. He must have gotten his …via a vision and in a vision, things seen are mostly not clearly understood and therefore requires revelation.

God never had a hand in Job’s desolation. It was all the devil’s mechanization.

God delivers from evil. He is never involved in it.

Here is another conspiracy theory: God made Job go through the hellish experience just so He could try his faith. What kind of God is that? God made me lose my job so I can be committed in church? God took my child from me to see if I’ll still serve him regardless? That’s not the God I serve!

Have you not heard?

It is not possible for God to be tested by evil, and he himself puts no man to such a test-James 1:13

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above – James1:17

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all – 1John 1:5.

Can you, as a father, ask that your son be kidnapped, punished and coerced into casting aspersion at you just to test how loyal/faithful he is to you? I think not. How much more the father of mercy and grace.

Ask yourself: What does stand to gain from such action. What pleasure does it bring to him to see his beloved suffer needlessly? If (hypothetically) God ever needed to test your faith/salvation, then his redemptive work wasn’t foolproof.

What was God’s role in Job’s temptation?

It’s the same role he plays in all temptation:

You saw that the Lord ended Job’s suffering because the Lord is compassionate and mercifull – James 5:11b.

God is true, who will not let any test come on you which you are not able to undergo; but he will make with the test a way out of it, so that you may be able to go through it- 1Cor 10:13.

God doesn’t tempt anyone. He is merciful. He provides a way of escape. He delivers from evil. This is my God!

For the most part of the book, through his dialogue with his friends, Job, in his limited knowledge, thought it was God dealing with him and testing his mettle. But he was wrong. He came to the realisation of the truth after God had upbraid him. Hear his confession at the end – Job 42:3&5:

…I have talked about things that are far beyond my understanding.

I heard about you from others; now I have seen you with my own eyes.

He was ignorant of God’s involvement!

Rather than allow the devil to have a swell time over things that concerns us, we can exercise our authority in Christ over him and get him to take his hands off your things.

He is a good father. All the time!


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©ayansola ibukun

6 thoughts on “JOB AND HIS TEMPTATION: GOD’S ROLE IN IT…

  1. I have so much to say but I’ll try to keep as brief as possible. Indeed, there is so much to takeaway. There was a time in my walk with God where I wondered why certain events took place and if God is so powerful, why did certain things have to take place? I’ve come to understand that God is a Good Father. Though as human beings, we have questions just as Job upon why bad events happen to us. I’m also reminded that just because God is a Good Father does not mean that there isn’t evil deeds still taken place in our world today. As it is written in 1 Peter 5:8, Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” So many times, we give so much credit and power to the devil but God has also given us the power and the authority to speak to a thing, have faith and it will be established. We must exercise what we have been taught. The problem that we also have as believers is that we don’t apply God’s word to our lives. We select what is fit for liking and defend God who doesn’t need a defender. We expect God to do everything because He is God. So we sit at the table that He has prepared for us but refuse to truly fellowship with our King. Yes, we are humans and we have so many questions in our heads but we are also God’s children. We have been given the privilege to know the Lord. We have been given the weapon of prayer, worship and the living word. We must get in the habit of reading, studying and applying the word to our lives. The enemy has many loopholes but we can win the battle when we apply God’s word and fight the battle on our knees. We know who wears the Victor’s Crown but we must do our parts. Thank you for the gift of your words. Proud of you 😊🙌🏿

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    1. 😎”I have yet many things to say unto you but ye cannot bear them now…”

      When I see Temilade’s response, I take a seat and take note. How can one person be this precise?

      Your point about not applying God’s word to their lives is apt and indeed the bane. We fail to acknowledge the fact that there is power at work on us to turn things around and keep the devil of our things.

      God is ever faithful. However, the devil is ever vengeful – always looking for folks to oppress. But glory to God that we have what it takes to resist him and win a perfect victory over him and his antiques

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  2. This is indeed profound and important. You said it all in the last paragraph, we shouldn’t allow the devil meddle with us! I believe that had it been that Job realized that the devil had a hand in his predicament and thought that he shouldn’t be allowed him to meddle with his possession, he could have resisted the devil. His situation couldn’t have gone so bad. ( but you know that people of the old testament didn’t dwell much on spiritual battles)
    In our present time, like Job, out of ignorant, we endure a lot in the hands of our adversary and accept our Christian suffering sometimes as either punishment for our sins, a test of faith or God’s will). We need to discern when the devil is dealing with us and stand up against him. We have the power, given to us by God himself to fight the enemy of our possessions and possessions.

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    1. I like all you said and how you said it. The enemy is quick at taking advantage of men’s ignorance to inflict pain on them. A man cannot enjoy God beyond what he knows/believe about Him. The minute we come to terms with God’s goodness and power in us, the enemy will have no choice bur to steer clear of our things.

      Thanks always for your profound thoughts and support.

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  3. I’m thankful that our God is good. He is not the author of confusion and He does deliver us from evil. It’s a blessing that He promises to work all things together for our good when we love Him and are called according to His purpose. When bad things happen we can cling to Him to provide all we need. Your post reminds us to be mindful of the tricks and works of the enemy. People forget that the devil is at work and automatically blame God for their troubles. Great post thanks for sharing!

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    1. Very true. Folks who have a limited knowledge of God think God is the one at work when the unexplainable happens to them. The more we get rk know God, the more effective our faith walk gets.

      Thanks a lot for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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