Yesterday, I blogged on God and Satan from the book of Job. Some great questions arose from this reflection. One reader questioned, “Why is God surprised by Satan’s visit? Why does God point out specifically His servant Job to Satan?” I loved these questions so much, that I began reflecting again this morning.
Job 1:6 and 2:1 One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Stan, came with them. Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan
Job 1:8 and 2:3 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless – a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.
God is not surprised by Satan’s visit, after all God was expecting the angels to appear before him. Satan is a fallen angel. His pride booted him out of heaven and into a “lower place.” If I were God, I would never take my eye off Satan. So, I would have to say that God is certainly not surprised by Satan’s visit, and knows exactly why Satan has decided to crash this meeting. What this shows is that Satan just by showing up for this meeting has made himself accountable to God. Let’s face it we don’t go to meetings and ask people’s permission to do something unless we feel we need their approval. Right?
Because God is all knowing, He knew that Satan had been watching Job. I think this is why God asked Satan “Where have you come from?” Satan’s reply was, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” Satan wants God to know that he is watching everything God does and everything that God created. He is trying to show God that he has power too.
God doesn’t fall to Satan though, instead he gives Satan a little bait. So when God points out to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth,” God is doing this to show Satan He is not surprised by Satan’s visit. I think it is a power play by God to show Satan, God knows all, but Satan does not. Satan is so caught up in his pride, that he cannot see that God knows everything he is about to do to Job. God also knows that Job will stand the test because God can foresee the future; Satan cannot. By allowing Job to suffer, God shows the world that a strong faith life may produce trials, but it also will produce blessings.
I think we all can attest to times where we have tried to show our power – not just to God, but to our spouses, our children, our parent, our pastors, and our bosses. We have played that same game that Satan was playing. The problem with that is we get so caught up in our own pride that we don’t see that the other person knows full well what we are doing. Power is a crazy thing, and it is never a good idea.
Over and over in the bible God tells us that power is not the way to control anything. Power will not get us a ticket to heaven. Humility, meekness and servanthood are the keys to eternal life. For thousands of years, the world tried to rule with power and authority. The problem was – we never have had the power – God has. God sent us Jesus to mimic for us – in human form – just what He wants us to do.
He wants us to realize that His Kingdom looks like a stable and a manger – not a palace and a throne.
He wants us to realize that His Kingdom serves the poor and the lowly, not the rich and the prideful.
He wants us to realize that His Kingdom will go against the rules of society
He wants us to realize that His Kingdom will endure trials and tribulations that no person should ever endure; it won’t have a lot of uplifting, powerful moments that open the door to prideful thoughts. You may not ever be recognized for your work.
His Kingdom will require us to relinquish control, be smart on our feet, and to outwit with God’s control; it won’t have anything to do with us.
His Kingdom requires the death of ourselves on a lowly cross; it will not be a celebration of all that we have accomplished.
Throughout the bible, God shows us how detrimental pride can be. In this one instance in the book of Job (a man with no lineage to God’s chosen family line, but still a good and faithful man), God shows us that humility, trial, meekness and relinquishing of control are good traits. God unveils to us that Satan is under His control at all times. God reveals that placing Him first is the only way to eternal life. More importantly, pride will get us no where.