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Putting the Brakes on Satan

May 21, 2009

Hey, I got up this morning and for my devotional time I read from a book called 24.7.365, by a guy I know very well. Anyway, this morning's devotional was on the opening chapters of the book of Job. You remember, Job, don't you? He's the guy who loses his chilren, his possessions, and his health. Check out Job 1 to get the set up.

After reading Job 1, some things should jump out at you. For instance, Job 1:6 lets us know that we are not the only sons and daughters of God. In fact, the sons of God came to present themselves to God. Could they have been beings from other unfallen worlds? That's what I believe, though I can't prove it. Of course, Satan came too. Can you say awkward!

In the meeting God boasts about how faithful his servant Job is, and Satan says, "Well, give me a chance to test him and we'll see about that." God told him to go for it. (I kinda wished he hadn't said that, don't you?). But God gave Satan one important stipulation found in Job 2:6: "Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life."

Did you get what God did? He told Satan that he could try Job, but not to the point of death. God put the brakes on Satan. If you've ever felt like a challenge in your life was too difficult to overcome, if you've ever felt like Satan has total control over some area of your life, God's got a word for you. Here it is: "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."

But that's about temptation, right? Well, believe it or not, every challenge you face in life is a temptation to give up on God. That was the temptation that Job faced, but Job refused to believe that God had abandoned him. He went through more than most of us ever will. He even questioned God (Job 38:1-42:6), but he never gave up on God.

No matter how bad it gets, God is watching over you and he won't let Satan give you more than you can handle. Keep trusting God.

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