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Job 2:3 “..you incited Me against him…”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.” – Job 2:3

This verse tells us that Satan “incited” God…We may not be able to answer the typical questions “why did God allow sin…“, “how is it that Satan is sinful and yet able to appear before God…“, etc.

But one thing we understand here – Satan is rebellious, proud and constantly trying to challenge God. He is evil. He is sinful. We should have nothing to do with him at all.

Job 8:20-22 – Do not judge your brethren when they are afflicted…

Behold, God will not cast away the blameless, Nor will He uphold the evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, And your lips with rejoicing. Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing.”      – Job 8:20-22

These words by Bildad the Shuhite are correct. But they were spoken in the wrong context – against Job.

Job had not done anything wrong. But he was afflicted. And the reason was simply because God was testing Job and was about to bring about better things than Job can imaging for himself.

The lesson learnt is that we should not judge our brethren when they are afflicted because we do not see the invisible hand of God working things and we will never understand the true picture of things.

2 Chr 33:12-13 – Humbled by affliction…

Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.  2 Chr 33:12-13

Manasseh humbled himself when he was afflicted. It was through affliction that he “…knew the Lord was God”. Somehow, there is often a veil that blinds us such that we do not see our folly, evil & pride, till affliction strikes us. The Psalmist says “It was good that I was afflicted, that I may know the statutes of God.”

We need to be humble, to acknowledge our wrongdoings and seek God’s forgiveness in prayer. That was what Manasseh did and he received God’s mercies. We often read in the scriptures where God says “…return to me and I will return to you.” God is faithful to His word.