Some people see the Old Testament book of Job as sort-of supernatural wager between God and Satan with Job’s faith in God being the object of the bet. According to my research the timing for story of Job dates back to either before Abraham or right at the same timeframe. And, at that time people’s riches were measured in livestock, rather than gold or silver. We are told that Job is “the greatest man of all the people of the east,” so it appears as if Job is the richest of the rich.
Job is perhaps the Bill Gates of his time. Can you imagine if Bill Gates lost everything that he had over the course of one day? It sure would be devastating for him, and I am sure that everyone’s tongue would be wagging over the course of the next few weeks. I can see Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and the other networks dissecting and discussing the events that lead to the super rich and famous’ downfall. Yet after everything is taken away from Job, He still remains steadfast and does not curse God, sure he’s downtrodden, but He still believes that God is sovereign. That’s when Satan approaches God again, and the ante on our sort-of supernatural wager is upped. Now God allows Satan to attack Job’s health. My thoughts are REALLY? Hasn’t the poor man had enough? Not only has Job lost everything, except his wife, he’s now disfigured with horrible boils and sores. So, now our major media outlets have more fodder to discuss and dissect on air. The only ones that are making out well in this modern-day Job story is the media ratings.
Job’s mind had to have been reeling. He’s desperately trying to understand how one event after another can possibly happen. Well, wouldn’t you do the same thing too? I sure would. I have had less significant things happen to me that have caused me to obsess over and over about the turn of events, in an attempt to make sense out the situation. I have lost sleep and my appetite over smaller offenses than those that happened to Job. My mind floods with the situation so much so that I am not able to think about much anything else.
It’s an age old, and extremely effective tactic that Satan uses against us. The Devil knows that if he can get your mind off of God and get you wrapped up in your problem, you will lose your focus on God. Keep your mind occupied and fretting and pretty soon you’ll be so tied up in knots and you will lose heart. You will become discouraged and that little sliver that Satan implanted soon becomes a wedge, that eventually will turn into a chasm. Before you know it you are so far away from God and His goodness that you won’t be sure how to make your way back.
That’s why it’s so very important for us to guard our minds. For where the mind goes, the heart soon follows. During those times of trials we must make conscience decision and choose to trust God. Joyce Meyer said it well when she said “Do your own thinking – don’t let the devil do it for you.” Satan wants to hurt God, and take glory away from God, and what better way to cause damage to God than to attack you, His child? Joyce Meyer also said “If you have stinkin’ thinkin’ all the time, you’re going to have a stinkin’ life. What kind of life do you want?” Think about God. Internalize His Word and promises. Dwell on it. That’s where your mind needs to settle. God assures us that He has everything in control, and that includes anything and everything that you will ever face. Trust Him. Talk to Him. Believe in Him. Don’t lose your focus, don’t take your eyes off of God. He will throw you a lifeline.
“and give no opportunity to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:27, ESV)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7, ESV)
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, ESV)
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5, ESV)