Permission

Re:Verse passage – Job 2:1-10, 3:11, 20-26 (day five)

So the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”

What we learn about the satan is becomes clearer in the second heavenly council. Satan really doesn’t want Job tested, he wants Job killed. And, he wants God to do it. Peter reminds us of satan’s ultimate goal. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  Not just attacking. Not just harming. But devouring- killing.

God continues to exercise His sovereignty. He limits what satan can do to Job. He gives him permission and instruction in regards to Job. In this scenario of unbearable suffering and sickness, God is still in control. God gives permission- sets the boundaries. Satan can only operate within those. We now watch to see how Job reacts.

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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