Hidden Mountain of God’s Love in the Book of Job

What if you hear confused thoughts, in conversations about God’s heart and His character? What if, when tragedies and disasters occur, doubts about God’s goodness  and power are often voiced? What if prayer is offered without faith and trust that God is willing and able to answer? What if during your own struggles with faith, as troubles and pain invade your life, you discover dimensions of God’s love that affirm His faithfulness and goodness; that during these times of personally dark experiences, He begins to reveal His loving heart. Then, as you study His Word, you realize your experiences line up with what God revealed about Himself.  This is why I am willing to write this blog, even if it’s figuratively like eating a whale. I am totally aware that there are minds far more brilliant than mine, who are able to answers  these difficult questions,  with answers more adeptly written, and justified by scholarly endeavor.  But what if, knowing this, you press on, because, as the world  becomes more troubled and chaotic, your heart yearns to give assurance that God, most definitely is, a loving, merciful and faithful God. The Holy Spirit is able to teach, even the simple, of things that appears too difficult to fathom.  Therefore, by faith in my Teacher, the Holy Spirit, I take one bite at a time, of this whale sized truth, writing one word, then one sentence, and progressing to a paragraph, while what is whirling around within me takes form within this blog.

Many, including myself, have striven to understand what transpired between God and the enemy in the Book of Job. Just that Satan asked God for access to harm Job and it is seemingly granted, can cause us to have a confused understanding of our Father’s heart. We are tempted to lose faith that God is good and fearful of the “what ifs” in life. Unless our relationship with God is established on a correct assessment of His goodness, we will be subject to unrest of soul, distrust in our Creator, and unwilling to seek Him fully. Ultimately, it will cause us to be more vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy because unbelief and disobedience will move us out of God’s protective umbrella.

Now it’s time to take a bite of this enormous truth.

In the Garden of Eden God’s perfect plan was created and established. He watched with delight as mankind, Adam and Eve, walked, in freedom from fear, harm, sin, sickness, and attacks from the enemy. They strolled together with Him in the cool of the evening, relating to God, uninhibited, and assured of His loving care and provision.

God desired, and continues to desire,  for humanity to voluntarily love Him, to willingly obey Him and joyously pursue Him.  We know, as humans, forced relationships are insincere, and never satisfying.  Thus, in His wisdom, God gave Adam and Eve a choice. When the enemy proposed his tempting options, they could choose to continue in that perfect plan of unity with God, free from defeat, a plan protected by their obedience and faith in Him. Or they could choose to receive the enemy’s erroneous  suggestions about God and walk away from that protection. We, collectively, with Adam and Eve as our representatives, chose the latter. I say, we, because Adam and Eve’s choice is the same choice we all have the potential to make.

With their sinful decision, to disbelieve what God had told them, humanity lost much.   Focusing on one of the losses, the world became vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks. When Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden of Eden, the history of our warfare with the enemy began. The Word of God states in 1 Peter 5:8.. the enemy roams like a lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Here’s a  list of a few of the enemy’s names:

  •  the accuser of the brethren, Revelation 12:10;
  • a murderer, liar, father of lies, John 8:44;
  • a tempter, Matthew 4:3;
  • a thief who kills, steals and destroys, John 10:9-10;
  •  the power of death and darkness, Hebrews 2:14 and Colossians 1:13.

When you look at this list, it is easy to see why our suffering and pain has been perpetuated. Job was at the mercy of the enemy because of the choice that Adam and Eve made. He was vulnerable to attacks,  as well as blinded by the inner sins of his heart, like self-righteousness, and pride in good works. It never was a question that God lacked love and concern. The end of the story proves God’s motives of love, when Job is more than fully restored.
As the enemy continued prowling to harm, God, knowing when the time was ripe, sent us a Redeemer Savior,  His Son, Jesus Christ. When Jesus walked on earth as man, He faced temptation from the enemy, which He overcame by the power of the Holy Spirit in Him. He offered His prayers and encouragement,  and a hope for restoration, for those like Peter that the enemy had targeted.  Luke 22:30-32 AMP…. Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain, but I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren. 

Throughout His time as Man on earth, at the cross and after His resurrection, Jesus succeeded where humanity had failed. Not only did Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, walk free from sin and self,  He resisted the enemy’s ploys to rob Him of  victories He desired for God’s glory, and for our behalf.  1 John 3:8 AMP…The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible)was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil has done. Colossians 1:13 – He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love .

When Jesus died, and rose again, He returned to heaven seated at the right hand of the Father. He gave, and still offers, those that are willing to receive it, His salvation. All that His salvation provides, including salvation from sin and self, would take many blogs. But concentrating on the victory He attained over the enemy, He won that battle because He believed and obeyed the Father, the opposite of what Adam and Eve did. After He had finished His work as Man on earth, He sent us this very same Holy Spirit, if we accept Him, to dwell in us. The Holy Spirit makes us able to conquer the enemy.  Accusations are not received by God for those who have received what the shed blood of Jesus gave.  Through His work in us, hearts are becoming willing to love and serve Him. This is still a voluntary love. It is something we can choose to receive or reject. Those who embrace the worth of that Life given in Love, now have the power to resist the enemy, to become more than conquerors. But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory{making us conquerors} through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:57

God had a plan,  all along, to redeem and restore, freeing us from the claws of the enemy, sin and self, bringing us into His Kingdom.  Through all the storms of life, He is there ready to love us toward His perfect plan. When a rain cloud hovers over the mountains, it is hard to see the outline of the mountain slopes. In that same way, when the rain clouds of life hover near us, it is difficult to clearly see the Love of the Father. But His love is there, has always, and will always, be there.  Realizing this whale sized truth sets us free from fear about life, and even death.  He has done what was needed, to conquer the enemy, and given us the Holy Spirit to help us do the same. Now we have opportunity to continually put the enemy under our feet, and to experience His victorious kingdom life here on earth.

Isaiah 30:18 AMP

And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

Romans 8: 38-39 AMP

 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

connecting with love

Donna

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8 thoughts on “Hidden Mountain of God’s Love in the Book of Job

  1. Yes, He truly is amazing! I am praying His glory will be magnified more and more as His true church rises in praise and devotion to our Great God and Savior.

    • Erin,
      Thanks for your affirming words! Once we become assured of His steadfast love, nothing can take away the peace that He gives us. God’s continued blessings for you and your family. love you…Donna

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