What if Job was one of us?
Before I learned how to Abide in Christ and walk in the love, power, and demonstration of the Holy Spirit, the circumstances of my life used to not turn out like the bible said they should. So, I would go to the word looking for an excuse as to why that was. Doing so, caused me to use the word to justify my experience. IF the word is used to justify my experience, then my experience is exalted over the truth of the word.
Every Christian has pulled the God’s sovereign will card in their life at some point. When our life does not make sense and we read the word like above, we inevitably arrive at Job and pull God’s sovereign will card as a justification for why something, usually bad, happens to US whom God is supposed to love and never forsake. We don’t feel loved and we do feel forsaken, so there has to be an explanation, otherwise, our minds begin to formulate the idea that God is not who He says He is towards us and that gets over into blasphemy and unbelief and surely we can’t go there because what would be the point of our existence and belief in God…SO, God’s sovereign will is at play.
Job’s life experience and God’s sovereign will displayed in Job’s life is what we as Christians inevitably come to when suffering, pain, sickness, dis-ease, or tragedy strike our life. But, what if Job was one of us? What if Job was a NT saved individual? Would God’s conversation and ultimately God’s response to Job have been different?
We know the story, God and satan have this conversation about Job(Job 1:6-12). God says “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shuns evil? “. Satan reply’s, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”. And God reply’s, “Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”
Now notice that God is not doing anything to Job here. Satan says to God, YOU(God) put forth YOUR(God) hand and take away things from Job and Job will surely curse YOUR(God) face. But God then says Ok, satan, YOU(satan) can test Job, everything Job has is in YOUR(satan) power.
Satan was the one who was doing the stealing, killing, and destroying from Job not God. The first mistake we make in using Job to justify our suffering when the evil one comes to steal, kill, and destroy in our lives is that God is doing it under His sovereign will or ability. The second mistake we make is to then say well, God is allowing it. Then we get into the proverbially IF God allows satan to be the prince of this world and lets satan do whatever satan wants to us and does not intervene then God is allowing it and therefore, its God’s soverign will.
That maybe true for Job, but not for us as NT saved individuals.
Notice that God is not giving satan a new realm of power over Job. Job 1:7 says satan was going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says that satan is the god of this world. Luke 10:19 says that satan has ability. John 10:10 says satan’s ability is stealing, killing, and destroying; as demonstrated in Job’s life as well as ours. This has been true of satan throughout all of time thus far even today. God was not giving a new realm of power to satan, satan already had power over Job. God was merely saying, duh, you already have the power over Job. And we are also right, God did not intervene on Job’s behalf and in the end tells Job, where were you when I made everything and set it into motion. Who are you to question my motives. It was God’s decision to let Job be attacked by the devil and not intervene and Job had no real right to question that.
However, we cannot claim this same treatment by God and say that our experience is due to His Sovereign will, WHY? Because God has already intervened on our behalf! God intervened with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But not in the sense that we have been taught, which is mere salvation. It is not intervention in this world to live 90 years being stolen from, killed, and destroyed by the devil, just so that when we leave this world we can experience freedom from those things. Dying is already proof that we leave the things of this world, what good does dying do us now amidst the stealing, killing, and destroying? That is not the intervention God provided, in fact that is not intervention at all.
Job did not have the complete Holy Spirit living inside of Him(Colossians 2:9-10); but WE do!
Job was not given authority over ALL the ability of the devil(Luke 10:19); but WE are!
Job did not receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon him(Acts 1:8); but WE do!
If Job was one of us, the scene would have been very similar. The God head would have been there in heaven and satan would have as well, doing what he does best, accusing the brethren day and night(Revelation 12:10). However, Jesus would have played a more verbal role in the God head as our advocate on our behalf, a testimony of the intervention of God for His people. The Holy Spirit would have been indwelling Job with the fullness of the God head. God would have said, “Hast thou considered my SON”…instead of servant. God would have said, “there are many sons like him in the earth, perfected(Hebrews 10:14), called, glorified, justified(Romans 8:30), full of the same power we as the God head posses(Colossians 2:9-10), and We have given him authority over ALL of your ability(Luke 10:19; Acts 1:8). Go ahead, all that he hath is in your realm.”; and Satan would have went forth from the presence of the LORD and attempted the same things.
However, the difference now is that Job is the one responsible to handle the situations where the devil would try to steal, kill, and destroy from him and NOT God. As a NT saved individual, Job can not claim that he is waiting for God to intervene on his behalf nor that it is God’s sovereign will for him to suffer the attack of the devil. IF Job does that, he quenches and blasphemes the Holy Spirit living inside of him. IF Job does not know how to use authority given to him over the ability of the satan, guess what? Job gets attacked. Is God proverbially allowing that? Yes. Is God causing it or responsible for it? NO, because He HAS empowered Job to overcome it and has given Job the bible to figure out how to use it. It is NOT the soverign will of God for Job as a NT saved individual to experience the stealing, killing, and destruction the devil wants to bring upon him.
See, Christ’s sacrifice provisioned to us the sovereign will and desire of the Father. Christ came to reveal the Father’s heart(Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 8:19; John 10:15), so that we might know the Father and what He is doing(John 15:15). The Father’s will is for us to accept what He has given us and learn how to use it. The Father’s will is for us to rise up as sons of God and manifest the love and power of Jesus to destroy the works of the devil, just like Jesus did(1 John 3:8).
We can no longer use God’s sovereign will as an excuse for the devil stealing, killing, and destroying in our lives. Job had the right to but even He did not use that excuse….how much more shouldn’t we. If we are under attack, God expects us to learn how to Abide in Christ and use the authority, power, and love that is in that place to counter the attack, for ourselves and others.
The Abide Project is designed to help you learn how to Abide in Christ and walk in the experience of the power, love, and demonstration of the Holy Spirit for yourself, the sake of others, and the glorification of God’s name in this world, so that His will and heart might be known by those whom He loves and has NOT forsaken.