And satan went to and fro

Job 2:1-8
On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD , and satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the LORD said to satan, “Where have you come from?” satan answered the LORD , “From roaming through [From going to and fro in (KJV)] the earth and going back and forth in it.” Then the LORD said to satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” So satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the Lord said to satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

The book of Job was written around 2000 BC and is one of the oldest books in the bible. Job was a wealthy land owner in the land of Uz. He had thousands of sheep, camels and other livestock with a large family and many servants. The angels came before the Lord and along with them came Satan. Satan gave an account of what he was doing on the earth. The Lord asked Satan if in his travels of the earth he had taken notice of his servant Job and in looking upon him if he had tried to tempt him or draw him from the Lord’s service. The Lord tells Satan that Job is a very godly man who hates evil. Satan then answers the Lord and says that Job’s faithfulness to the Lord was not because of his fear for Him, but because of Job’s selfishness. because Job was a wealthy man. The Lord had placed a hedge of protection around Job and Satan asks the Lord to remove the protection that he could smite Job and tells the Lord that if He does Job will curse the Lord to His face. The Lord restrained Satan who could not lay a hand on Job. Job lost all his possessions, his children and his health. Through it all Job remained faithful to God and in the end his wealth and happiness were returned to him. We sometimes wonder why God allows people to suffer. God’s ways are not our ways and we can’t understand why He allows suffering. We do however need to remain faithful to God and to trust Him – no matter what happens. And we need to remember that this life will someday pass away and all our sorrow and all our pain will be gone, if we choose to follow Him.

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