Have You Considered My Servant?

Peyton Johnston

November 2nd, 2018

Job 1:8

The Bible is filled with questions given to the Lord. Questions asked by kings, prophets, disciples, hypocrites, and sinners seeking for a response that will give some kind of clarity to their situation. The book of Job on its own contains over 288 questions. However, one-third of them in this book of the Bible were not given ​to ​God, but ​by ​God. And in this particular instance, He presented a question to Satan. He said, “Have you considered my servant Job?” This was not a question posed in search of clarity, but rather in order to prove a point. And notice that God brought up Job’s name first… He obviously knew something about Job that Satan did not.

God gave Satan limited access to Job’s life confidently knowing Job could endure the trials while maintaining honorable integrity and character. And, of course, God was right. Even after Satan stripped Job of his wealth, status, possessions, family, and health… Job never wavered in his devotion to the Lord. He kept the humble heart of a servant, and refused to turn away from the Lord even in the midst of confusion.

Satan couldn’t harm Job without God’s consent first. This tells us that the enemy cannot do anything to you that God doesn’t allow to happen. And whatever God does ordain, He already knows you can withstand it and use it to make you stronger. When God allows struggles to come your way, it is not as a tool to break you. It’s as a test to strengthen your faith.

But God cannot sustain your faithfulness – that’s up to you. You decide whether or not to go through difficult times proclaiming your trust in the Lord, or to crumble under the pressure and abandon your relationship with Him. So what if the enemy comes before the Lord again? Does God have enough confidence in the depth of your relationship with Him to mention your name?

Pray: ​​“God, I pray that through the trials of this life, I will always look to You and honor You with my faithfulness. I want to live a life that allows You the liberty to say, ‘Have you considered my servant?’”