If I have a question about how God wants to treat me, I can go to the oldest book in the bible and find it there. Man’s greatest enemy, the father of all lies, the devil, let it slip and told us! He stood before God Almighty and accused God of protecting a man beyond his (Satan’s) ability to hurt him.
Read it for yourself; [Job 2: verses 8 and 9] God asked satan this question; “Have you considered my servant Job? There is none like him in all the earth. He loves me and hates you. (Paraphrased)
To which the devil replied; “Sure! – you have made a hedge around him to protect him and all that he owns. You have blessed the work of his hands and caused his livestock to increase throughout the land” (Paraphrased)
The fallen, and therefore depraved human mind has been deceived. It happened in a place called the Garden of Eden. A man called Adam was brought into question by God, about a disobedient act and a wrong he had committed. Adam had lost his mind when he decided to disagree with God, and he defended himself by accusing God for his wrong doing. “God, you know that woman you created; well, she tempted me and that is why I did what I did.” (paraphrased). Aha! It was God’s fault. If He hadn’t created that woman this would not have happened. And if it was God’s fault, how could God be justified in punishing Adam? That is now the general reasoning of fallen human nature.
Isn’t it interesting that when something good happens to folks, they often call it ‘luck or lucky.’ Then when something bad happens, the tendency is to blame God. i.e; “Why did God let this happen to me?” or; “Why did God do this to me.” or; “What did I do to deserve God doing this to me? and; “Where was God when this happened?” A very famous man of God came under extreme criticism years ago for preaching a message he titled; GOD IS A GOOD GOD!
People who blame God for their problems, or troubles and losses, have company. Satan agrees with them. He really likes it when humans blame God for doing things that he himself did. According to Jesus, satan is the one who does the “stealing, killing and destroying.” Jesus came to give us” abundant life.”
To look within ourselves and make corrections on how we do and think, is not comfortable. We don’t like being wrong. We humans have humorous sayings like; “I finally made a mistake; I thought I was wrong one time and come to find out I was right.” Human nature finds it far easier to justify ourselves, and blame someone else for our problems. Even to the point of blaming God.
I noticed in the original King James version of the bible, that it didn’t say; ‘God turned Job over to satan’, as it is generally thought and often taught. He simply pointed out that Job was “in satan’s hands.” Questions: How did Job get in satan’s hand’s if he was being protected by God? And why would satan complain that he couldn’t touch Job? What changed? Was it just a sudden arbitrary change in the nature of God? A final question: If God is LOVE, why would he choose to turn his child, or children over to His known enemy who hates God and wants to kill his children?
If you study my other blogs there are some thoughts that may be insightful to you concerning this. Other materials and teachings are available on our website <www.geralddavisministries.org>My book is there entitled- BUT WHAT ABOUT JOB? Some materials are available at no cost, and are downloadable.
The more knowledge I have about how God Almighty thinks, the more of his benefits I can move into. These thoughts are given to help stir up your curiosity, meditation and thinking patterns. Questions come first – answers and insights follow.
God loves to bless and protect His children.
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