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Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing?... But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.”  – Job 1:9-11     

I ate potato salad and a grilled burger alone in my car and watched everyone else having fun at a summer graduation picnic. Some at the picnic probably thought, “She’s such an introvert, hiding out in her car.” Sounds logical, right? But they didn’t know the full story. For me, heat causes severe dermatitis. I needed to stay in my air-conditioned car until I could join the fun after the coolness of sunset.

Job’s friends committed this same mistake of drawing conclusions without having the whole story. Everyone knows that suffering can be a punishment for wickedness (e.g., Isaiah 10:1-4). Since Job was suffering, his friends wrongly concluded that he was wicked. But there was more truth to be known.

Remember the heavenly scene from chapter one of Job? The full story revealed Satan challenging God, saying that Job would curse God if all the blessings were removed. So God permitted Satan to bring hardships into Job’s life in order to reveal Job’s commitment to God. (First Peter 1:7 states this principle in the New Testament: “so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”) Job’s friends were very mistaken. Astoundingly, God also used this season of Satan-induced hardship to increase the depth of Job’s understanding about his Creator!

Seek to understand the full picture before drawing conclusions about your friends—or about God! Believing a half-truth will result in faulty conclusions.

Submitted by:
Rita Bergen
Cornerstone Community Church
Lenexa, Kansas

One-Year Bible Reading
Isaiah 15:1-18:7
Galatians 1:1-24
Psalm 58:1-11
Proverbs 23:12

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