And the Lord replied to Satan, “You may do anything you like with his wealth, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan went away; and sure enough, not long afterwards when Job’s sons and daughters were dining at the oldest brother’s house, tragedy struck. (Job 1:12-13, TLB)
Imagine something for a minute. Your life is perfect. One morning you have everything you could ever ask for and the next, the perfect life you once knew is crumbling right before your eyes. Questioning the Lord’s intentions in the midst of such tragedy would likely be the first thing I would do.
If we look at the beginning of the chapter, we watch as God gives Satan permission to mess with Job’s life. God knew that even through the worst trials of his life, Job would pull through and be an example to everyone around him. Satan cannot just putter around in our lives without permission. Sometimes God will allow painful things to come our way but only because He knows that we will get through it with His help. Nothing happens by accident. When a storm like this comes your way, ask God what he is trying to teach you.
Prayer: We don’t always understand your ways, Lord, but we will trust that you know all things and have the power to get us through any trial. Give us strength and encourage us when our circumstance is too heavy to bear. In Jesus name, amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays