Good Morning Brothers…
The end of winter beginning of spring, is usually pretty slow on the hunting calendar. There certainly are turkeys out there to chase around but that doesn’t get me out of bed like elk or deer. This time of year is all about ‘tags’. This is the time to put my name in the hat to try to draw a tag for whatever animal I want to pursue in the fall in some other state. To do this, I have to play by the rules of the governing authority, more specifically, by the rules of the ‘fish and game’ board given jurisdiction over whatever the ‘some other state’ happens to be. This year, I am applying for an ‘Either Sex-Elk-Archery-Unit 3’ tag in Idaho. If I draw the tag, I will be able to hunt either bulls or cows, in a specific hunting zone, with a specific weapon. If I do not draw the tag, then I cannot hunt bulls and cows, in the specific zone, with the specific weapon. In other words, I am requesting permission to do damage to my intended prey.
This got me thinking about 1 Corinthians 10:13, which says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.“
That one word, “allow”, seems to suggest that the attention of the enemy is limited. In fact, we could say that God is the governing authority, the ‘fish and game’ department for our enemy’s hunting activities. Thinking about all of this brings me to the first chapter of Job.
Job 1:6-12 says, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.“
Would it be fair to say that Satan came seeking a ‘tag’ to do damage to Job? God limited that ‘tag’ to everything except Job himself.
Job 1:13-22 continues the story, “Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said,
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.“
Calamity fell upon the household of Job. In all of it…Job did not sin, did not blame, and worshiped God.
Job 2:1-6 continues, “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.” Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.” So the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”
Satan receives another hunting tag for Job. This time, the only restriction is his life.
Job 2:7-10 says, “Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes. Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”
Calamity fell upon Job. In all of it…Job did not sin, did not blame, and held fast is integrity.
Do you ever feel like Satan has a hunting tag with your name on it? It may be that he does. Next week we will dig into this story a bit more and see the results of Satan’s hunt.