Satan’s plan in attack (Job 1:13-19)

        Though God gave the go-ahead for Satan to attack Job, Satan chose the methodology. Notice how strategically Satan buffets Job. Satan begins with an assault on Job’s family farm. Job could bounce back from this setback, for he still has his fields, just the beasts of burden were destroyed. Satan starts small. But just then, Satan escalates to taking out his ranch and livestock. He then goes for Jobs international export and trade business and finally wipes out his household. Satan began with the small things and progressed to the more costly and the more personal.

     Isn’t that like the many times you have been up against the wall? It starts with little irritations that snowball by days end affecting your personal relationships. How many times has your significant other caught the brunt of your anger for a days worth of misery to which they did not contribute? Satan’s plan of attack is to get you with the little things, to bug you and get your mind off kilter. Then, he goes in a little harder and a little closer. His plan, you see, is to set you off so that by the time he has you in the thick of it you are no longer in your right state of mind and your spirit is sulking. Then, just maybe, you will be too focused on the problem, or on your own frustration that you will raise your hand to heaven and curse God, or at least, forget God at the time you need Him most.

        When you see the beginnings of a bad day, do not allow Satan to steal your spirit. Don’t allow Satan to be right, that you worship God only for the reward, and if pushed, you would surrender your eternal relationship with God for a bit of temporal bliss. The attacks may continue, you may not have control over that. Bad days may not always be avoidable, and quite possibly may be in our Lord’s heavenly agenda. However, our reaction to it will determine our relation with God.

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One Response to “Satan’s plan in attack (Job 1:13-19)”

  1. chip m anderson Says:

    Nice post. What has always intriged me about the Job story is that he never got chapter one. He never knew the reality–the really real–that surrounded him. I highlighted this in a series of messages from Job I entitled, “We Get the First Chapter.” Again, thanks for the post.

    Peace, Chip

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