“And the Lord said unto Satan, Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and eschews (hates) evil?” Job 1:8
For the Child of God who is walking in the Will of God, every trial and tribulation is authored by divine wisdom and finished with love. As our flesh is mortified daily through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we are alive unto God. Precept upon precept, line upon line we become perfectly knit with the Spirit of the Living God, not sinlessly perfect but perfectly knit together with His Spirit, as we continuously look unto Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we are established, strengthened and settled in Whom we have believed.
“But the God of all grace, Who has called us unto His Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:10-11
Satan’s attempt to lead God’s Children away from God’s Will may include “good” works. The work itself may or may not be sinful. The devil will use truth to elevate his lie, but his sole purpose is to lead the Child of God away from faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross to another method for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. More specifically, satan will direct the Believer’s faith to their self efforts for dominion over sin. These “efforts” may not be sinful in and of themselves but they were not given to overcome sin. If such was the case, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid No! There is but one answer to sin and that is Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.
The Lord will never tempt His Children. God will use satan and his minions as instruments in His Divine Wisdom to author and finish our faith. The eyes of the Lord search to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him (2 Chronicles 16:9).
“6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:6-9
Have you ever considered your spiritual testimony? Sometimes God will allow satan to touch our body, our family and/or our finances. What did we do? Did we deny our circumstances? Maybe we rebuked our circumstances.
If God has allowed the trial, it is indeed authored with the Lord’s Divine wisdom and finished with His love. Until our work on this side of Glory is complete, the Lord will always deliver those who seek Him. Our job is to humble ourselves under the Mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt us in due time. We cast all our cares upon Him because He cares. We FIGHT the good fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross.
Job fell down upon the ground and worshipped the Lord.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3
No matter the circumstances, put on your garment of praise. To God be glory and dominion forever. Amen.
-Donna Clark Warren