Satan Is Just A Tool In The Hand Of God
Job 1:6 “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.” Brothers and sisters, Satan is not identified among those who are called sons of God in this scripture, but was added to state that he was called by God to be present at this meeting. They (the sons of God) came to present themselves; but Satan was called to explain the activities he had been involved in on the earth. The bible describes God’s conversation with Satan, “From where do you come?” Satan replied, (Job 1:7) “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Job 1:8 tells us, The Lord asked Satan, “Have you considered my servant, Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns (hates) evil.” Or, another way of saying what the Lord said to Satan is, “Satan, I have a job for you.” I imagine God has had a conversation with Satan about a great many of us sons of God who love the Lord, and I would also bet the conversation pretty much followed the above line of questioning. Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:31, “Satan desires to sift you as wheat.” (my paraphrase) Or, Jesus was telling Peter after the fact that God had authorized Satan to sift Peter because the Lord had a job for Peter to perform that would require his absolute faithfulness. And if Peter was to be as faithful as he would need to be after the Lord was gone from the earth, there was some stuff in Peter’s life that would have to be removed beginning with his false bravado. Then there was Job who feared losing everything, and he lost everything including his children. But after his testing, he received a great deal more than what he had previously possessed. What we have discovered in these three scriptures is the reason for our testing, our sifting, and the battles we fight. God’s protection surrounds us until He discovers things in our life we fear, or have a false hope in. Then God draws up a plan to remove them from our life so we become a stronger person for having gone through them. He then okay’s them, places the limitations upon Satan as to how far he can go, and then God watches to see how we will stand up under the pressure being applied to us. When we are being tested we have about three choices to choose from. One, to stand firm trusting in the Lord God, or the written Word of God found on the pages of our bibles even when all seems to be lost. Two, we give up or surrender to the situation at which point we are taken captive by the enemy, or, three, we try to run away from the fight and hide from our enemy. We can run away, but we can’t hide. Jonah learned this this lesson the hard way. God intends to bless us so we can be a blessing to others, but He can only bless us if we stay the course, standing firm, trusting in the Lord with all of our heart, soul, spirit, and strength. Sometimes option one might require a person to die for their faith, but it is with absolute certainity, people who employ option two and three do not inherit the blessings of God, and God cannot help them. Why? Because He tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7, “I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” God operates in faith, (Hebrews 11:6) and when we are not in faith, we are in fear. And God cannot help us when we let fear enter in because Satan is the author of fear and God will not share His glory with Satan who is a servant angel. Everytime we use our faith we are paying tribute to our heavenly Father and He is not only pleased, (Hebrews 11:6) but will honor our faith with a reward.
Satan’s power and actions against God’s sons are not only limited in scope and confined to a particular area of our life, but tightly controlled by God. Satan can do no more and no less than the limits God places on him. I want you to notice in Job 1:8 that it was God’s idea for Job to be tested, not Satan’s. Satan is really nothing more than a tool in the hand of God that is used to chisel off our rough edges so that we become a piece of art, and not just a rough draft. Hmmm, in these scriptures there just might be a lesson for us to learn. I also want you to notice in Isaiah 54:16 God said, “and I have created the destroyer, to destroy.” The destroyer in this scripture is Satan and his job is to destroy. Jesus reitterated this description of Satan in John 10:10 in the New Testament, When He stated, “The thief comes to kill, steal and to destroy.” But I also want you to notice in Deuteronomy chapter 8 that the reason the Israelites were led into the wilderness was so God could see what was in their heart. Or, in other words, God wanted to see what they were made of. He wanted to see if they had any mettle in them. What we learned from their experience is that they had wet clay for a backbone and because they did they spent the next forty years in the desert while God replaced their clay spines with mettle ones. Sadly enough for us today; being humbled by the hand of Satan is the only way for God to see how we will respond under intense pressure. And the only way for our clay spine to be replaced is for God to put us in the hot furnace of life and turn up the heat until the clay turns to mettle at which time we become useful to the kingdom of God and our God. Just as at the formation of the church the pressure was intense on the apostles and the Christian, so it will be in the end time. God needed faithful servants back then, and He needs them now. They learned what they were made of through the persecution they faced and my opinion is we will learn faithfulness the same way. DThrash
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