I often ask, what prepared Job for Satan’s permitted attacks on him. Answering that question can help us to be ready for those inevitable attacks on our souls.
What do we as modern Christians consider worthwhile? First, we value our position in a company or organization as very important. We also defend our reputation or influence as worth protecting at all cost. Third, we hold relationships of spouse and family worth fighting for. And things we treasure consume our thinking, determine what’s important to us, and shape our lifestyle.
What is applicable to us was equally applicable to our suffering patriarch and what mattered the most to Job can give us some insights.“I have kept to his way without turning aside,” Is that my resolve? “I have not departed from the commands of his lips.” Do I know them well enough not to ignore any one of his commands? and “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” I’m sorry to admit, I’m not there yet. So to review, he considered three things more necessary than his daily food. First, his knowledge of God’s words, second, his commitment to God’s Word, and third, his value of God’s words.
I hear Job’s words, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” Job 13:15. And that’s a dogmatic commitment! When the words of God took up permanent residence in Job’s will, Satan could not get him to curse God or blame God for the lack of understanding of his suffering.
As we align our values up with Job, rather than with our culture, any intruding destructive words from advisers or from Satan will lose their grip because that same affirmation,“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him,” delivers us.
When our hearts and minds are filled with God’s words, we will identify with Job, and then each of us will be privileged to be called “an enduring Saint.”