Can we ever get to the bottom of human suffering, if we fail to see Satan – trying to draw us away from the Lord?

“We have examined this, and it is true” (Job 5:27).
It’s one thing to say, “It is true.” It’s another thing to speak the truth of God. Where did Eliphaz and the other ‘comforters’ get their ideas from? – “We have investigated this.” What about revelation? Were their thoughts given to them by God? or Did they come from their own minds? When we compare the words of the ‘comforters’ with the Word, spoken by God, in Job 1-2, we find that the two are very different. The ‘comforters’ think in terms of sin and punishment – the more you sin, the more you’ll get punished. Is life really as simple as that? God’s Word says, ‘No.’ In Job 1:7, we read about something else – “Satan is roaming through the earth and walking around on it.” What is he doing? – “the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour” (1 Peter 5:8).  Can we ever get to the bottom of human suffering, if we fail to see Satan – trying to draw us away from the Lord? As a full and final explanation of all human suffering, ‘more sin, more punishment’ doesn’t cut it. While we are here on earth, we will be attacked by Satan – “the devil has come down to you with great fury” (Revelation 12:12). The devil wants us to blame God, to say, ‘God’s punishing me.’ We must never forget that Satan is our “accuser” (Revelation 12:10). When Satan comes to accuse us and attack us, let’s remind him of his final outcome – he will be “thrown into the lake of fire … ” (Revelation 20:10).

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