17 October 2016
Reading: Job 1-2; Acts 6-7
6 One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, who was the Designated Accuser, came along with them. 7 God singled out Satan and said, “What have you been up to?” Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.” 8 God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.” (Job 1:6-8 MSG)
Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God. (Job 1:22 MSG)
Here I am, reading through Job again! In the Bible reading plan I use, it will be nearly a month before I finish the book. I don’t enjoy reading about Job’s suffering and loss. I don’t enjoy reading about how his friends misunderstood and misjudged him. What I do appreciate is some of the insights I can gain by reading the story and wrestling with difficult questions – questions that people have been wrestling with for centuries – and looking for answers that help make sense of tough experiences in life.
Two things stood out to me today from Job’s story. First is that Satan, the Accuser, ignored all the wicked people and focused on God’s friend Job, a good and godly man. This triggered a couple of thoughts for me: 1) Satan is still the Designated Accuser. He still picks on good and godly people and tries to bring them down. 2) If I am critical and judgmental towards others, I can end up playing the Designated Accuser role instead of the Defender and Encourager role. I don’t want to do that!
The second thing I noticed is that sin is more about an attitude toward God than about details of things I do or don’t do. In Job 1:5, Job was concerned for his children, thinking, “Maybe one of them sinned by defying God inwardly.” Job 1:22 says Job didn’t sin because he didn’t blame God for what Satan had done.
Sin begins with a wrong attitude toward God. Sin could be defying God inwardly or blaming God for something Satan does. A right attitude is to worship God, to submit to God, and to remember that God is a loving God.
Father, Please forgive me for the times I have wrongly criticized and judged others. May I be an Encourager, not an Accuser! I submit to your will and your ways. Amen.