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The Roaming Lion – Job Part 3

January 6, 2010

As the Zebra’s graze the vegetation around the watering hole, a lion lurks in the distance.  You’ve probably seen one or two nature shows that revolve around that statement haven’t you?  The lion paces back and forth in the tall dry grass just waiting to see that one weak or lame Zebra that can’t keep up with the herd, then BOOM – the chase is on.  That lion has one goal in mind, Kill!  Not a good day to be a Zebra that’s for sure.  Do you know that Satan is pacing back and forth in the tall dry grass just waiting to see that one weak or lame Christian that isn’t close to God?  Once he spots one, BOOM – the chase is on.  Satan has one goal in mind, Devour!

It says in the book of Job that Satan came to the Lord one day and one of the most interesting conversations in all of the Bible took place.

One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”  Job 1:6-7

Satan’s response when the Lord asked him “Where have you come from” only tells us that he was roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.  It doesn’t tell us why.  However, you may notice in your Bible that there is a cross-reference after Job 1:8 to 1 Peter 5:8.  This additional scripture gives us some extra insight as to what Satan was actually doing.

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:8

Just like the lion stalks the weak Zebra, Satan stalks the weak Christian.

As Satan was searching for the weakest of the weak to devour, the Lord suggested that he consider Job.  This is interesting because during that time Job was not considered weak by any means.

Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”  Job 1:8

Rather than the weakest of the weak the Lord suggested the strongest of the strong.  Job was a man of moral integrity who revered God and resisted evil on a daily basis.

So why did God suggest Job?  Ultimately only God knows the full details but what he has revealed to us in his word suggests that he intended to prove Job’s faithfulness and display his own power over Satan.  Whatever the reasons may be, it is important to note that Job’s devotion to the Lord kept him from being completely devoured during Satan’s attacks.

Whether you’d consider yourself the weakest of the weak, the strongest of the strong, or somewhere in between when it comes to being a Christian – realize that Satan is looking to attack and to devour.  Our saving grace is our relationship with the Lord and we would do well to draw closer to him today.  He is our strength in times of weakness, our hope in times of need, and our refuge in times of trouble.  Lean upon him today.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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