Scripture:

Job 1:6-8 NLT "6One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the accuser, Satan, came with them. 7“Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan. Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” 8Then 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.”

 

Observation:

As I see the dialogue between Satan and God develop, I can’t help but see God’s amazing view of Job; “Have you seen my servant Job?”, and then He begins to recite Job’s resume, “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”.

 

Application:

As I see this exchange between the accuser and God, I love that there is no need for someone to talk God into recognizing who Job is; God is intimately knowledgeable about Job. I don’t know how Job did it, keeping his sanity. As the story goes bad from this point on, I can only imagine not knowing all that was going on in the background what Job could be thinking.

I have struggled with sleep for quite a few years.  As sleeplessness accumulates, it is easy to develop a distorted view of myself. I can’t tell you how many times I have begun to go down that road where I put a bull’s-eye on myself, certain that there must be something wrong with me, God must be unhappy with me, and all of this just because I don’t feel good. Poor Job, he didn’t have the word of God to clarify how God saw him, with the daily washing of the word of God (Ephesians 5:26).

I can view myself the way God see’s me, that I am the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Living in this fallen world where things don’t always go right, the accuser is trying to corner me and make me believe in a distorted view of how God sees me. I believe that when the accuser comes before the Father, the Father say’s “Have you noticed my servant Tim? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless because of my Son, a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” There are a lot of things that can go wrong in this broken fallen world, but knowing how God views me will make all the difference.

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