The book of Job chronicles God’s testing of Job. We will look at two dialogs between God and Satan, their consequences, and Job’s response.
Does God tempt men? No. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:” (James 1:13) However, as we will see, God does allow Satan the ability to test believers.
Job smote with boils (Job 2:7-8)
“So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”
Job’s wife: Curse God and die (Job 2:9)
“Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.”
Job’s response (Job 2:10)
“But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
God does test His children
The testing is for our growth
We choose to be bitter or better
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001