Today you should read: Job 41
After God tells Job to “man up” in chapter 40:6-7 and asks him to answer how Job can say he is righteous in all his suffering with integrity but somehow God is not? Of course Job was right about his own integrity when answering his 3 friends but was wrong about God’s integrity. God, who needs no defense, still gives an answer to his character, sovereignty and justice in ch. 40 and continues in ch. 41 by sharing his power over Satan.
This chapter is important because many of us forget the power of Satan regarding his limited reign on earth. In no way should we have a dominant fear of Satan but we also shouldn’t think that we have any power ourselves over him outside of Christ. God asks 14 questions to Job regarding his (and other humans) authority over Satan (who’s named Leviathan in this chapter) where the obvious answer is “no” and that only God has that type of authority over Satan. This is a good reminder for many Christians like to get as close to the fire of certain temptations without burning themselves and we need to be reminded that it’s stupid to mess with Satan or his fire in the first place. We can find great peace knowing that Jesus defeated Him in the resurrection and has told us of the final victory in Job 41:11 which we get a picture of in the book of Revelation but until that day comes we are to take guard against Satan’s attacks and temptations. God spends this entire chapter in graphic detail over the scary details of Satan and the fear he raises in others.
As C.S. Lewis once said “There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.” Be on guard for Satan’s attacks here while being fully confident in Jesus’ ultimate victory over Him.
- In what areas do you need to be on guard for Satan’s attacks and temptations?
- In what areas do you already feel defeated by Satan and need to trust in God’s resurrected victory over Satan, sin and death?
Posted by: Erik Koliser