Satan, the Accuser!
Scripture reading for May 19th: Job 1-3
According to most commentaries, Job is the oldest book of the Bible. Job was a righteous man who lived sometime before the days of Abraham. He trusted God and offered sacrifices to God for his children and family. He avoided evil and feared the Lord. Job was a blessed man and considered one of the greatest men of the East. (Job 1:1-3)
The story of Job suddenly jumps from Job’s life on earth to the Throne of Heaven. There in the world of Heaven, angels came before the Lord and Satan also appeared with them. Satan and the Lord had a conversation about Job and his blameless life. Satan accused Job of serving God because of the blessings that God had provided him. The Lord gave Job’s possessions over to Satan but did not allow Satan to touch Job himself. (Job 1:6-12)
Job lost his children, flocks, and herds over a short time. What appeared to be natural disasters struck one after another, robbing Job of his children and all he owned. He humbled himself and fell to the ground in worship. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)
In another session in Heaven, Satan again accuses Job of serving God because of his health. Satan suggests that if his health is gone, Job will curse God. God allows the test and Job next loses his health on top of all he has already lost. His own wife suggests that he curse God and die but Job holds his integrity and keeps his faith in the Lord. (Job 2:9-10)
Satan is the one who works to bring us down. He has access to Heaven and is known as the “accuser” of the brethren. He was allowed by God to test Job. God knew that Job was serving him by faith, not just for what he could get from Him. God sustained Job through the trials by faith and revelation. We need not fear these accusations if we are truly walking by faith. God will always protect us. Take time today to pray for God’s favor and protection. The Lord’s prayer asks “but deliver us from evil (the evil one)”. We need God’s grace!