I am grateful that You speak to us and have equipped us to hear, if we want to.
In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?Psalm 56:4
Me: Good morning Father!
Abba: Good morning, Jon!
Me: I was reading in the beginning of the book of Job, the last day or so. There are these instances where You explicitly allow Satan to have his way with Job, or is it that You let him have Your way?
Abba: Does that seem out of character for Me? There is nothing I have made that I cannot use, even rebellious angels.
Me: It seems contrary to Your name as Jehovah Rapha that You would make Job sick, even using/allowing Satan to do it.
Abba: Then that would be an important issue for you to resolve, since the world is full of sick people. You often rightly say that sickness is of the Devil. That it came into the world by Adam deeding his authority over to Satan. That is why you see him on the earth:
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” Job 1
You see from the notes in your Bible and the interlinear part of BibleHub.com that the word translated “Satan” throughout this passage in Job is “adversary, one who withstands”. It is what he does. And surely you know the text in written from a human perspective. Satan did not have to appear in a particular location to speak to Me about what was on his mind, like the members of a human extended family assembling to talk or Job’s friends coming to see him. When the scripture talks about My sitting on My throne, it is a statement about my positional authority; not my physical location, since I Am everywhere all the time. I Am Spirit (John 4:24).
Think about what you know about strength training. Straining your muscles against a force that withstands or opposes your efforts makes them stronger. Straining your brain against a challenge makes it more able. Even fighting against a virus equips your immune system to overcome it if it attempts to invade again. Do any of these seem pleasant in the moment?
Me: No. If experience did not teach that these things bring improvement, my natural inclination would be to shy away from them at all costs.
Are you saying that we need Satan that we may resist him (James 4:7) to develop our “spiritual muscles”?
Abba: I am saying that I work all things for your good (Romans 8:28). Since Satan is your adversary, it makes sense for you to be strong in Me (Ephesians 6:10-18) and put on the full armor I have given you.
Me: Thank You Father! I love You!
Abba: You are welcome! I love you!
(Post featured image from Pexels, Fascia of the previous Newseum, mine. )