Lord, Why Me? (Part 2)
We live in a world of constant pain, hurt and misery. It seems as if all others want to do is live for themselves and cause constant pain to the less fortunate. How do we escape such negative and ungodly situations in life? How do we live a productive life for God when the negativity, doubt and stress stops the production line of our faith and closes the prayer factory? How do we find the strength and courage to go on another day for God when all we see are those that have forsaken Him? How do we carry on for God when most are even afraid to begin the journey? I believe that our text today helps us to understand why this happens and how we can respond even when we would like to ignore everything and everyone. Out of all these things I ask, Lord, Why me?
Job 2:1 “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.”
In yesterday’s devotional we read that the enemy hates our happiness and seeks nothing more than to terrify and discourage us through tragedy and drama. In Job chapter number one we see that Job endured more than any human could mentally and emotionally endure. In chapter number two we see that Satan began to attack Job physically. You can just mark it down that when the devil doesn’t destroy you mentally or emotionally that he will begin an all out physical attack. However, most people don’t withstand the attacks mentally and emotionally for Satan to begin a corporeal attack. What about you? Does Satan’s attacks overwhelm you mentally and emotionally so that he doesn’t have to physically? Are you a strong enough person mentally and emotionally, in God’s power that the enemy has to use every trick in the book with you?
- The Enemy Is Happy To Hurt
Job 2:1-6 “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”
We see that Satan took all of Job’s material items in one day and left him for dead. Satan will do the same to us as well if we are not watchful. Job found himself in a position where the enemy was toying him with physically. I can almost see the enemy running away from God like a happy little school kid seeking the opportunity to hurt God’s creation and rub it in God’s face. I believe that Satan was happy to inflict pain and suffering upon Job. In Job 2:6-7 we see that the enemy was more than happy to hurt Job and I believe that he was in a hurry to do this act.
Job 2:6-7 “And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.”
We see that as soon as God removed an inch of protection from Job that the devil hurried and took that inch. You see in our lives, we are warned to “Give no place to the devil” Ephesians 4:27 because we see that he will take it as soon as it’s voided. I believe that as soon as Satan knew the boundaries he set out to cause damage and destruction. Satan will find any area in our lives to exploit and manipulate for his pleasure all in an attempt to hurt you and God.
I remember hearing a story of a family that endured many tragedies over a short period of time before deciding to mutually separate and divorce. One of the two, now divorced, began to date and eventually remarried while the other remained stuck in an emotional whirlpool of thoughts of the past and what could have been. This individual, with the emotional distress, we will call Sam and the other we will call Jane. Sam felt as if Jane left him because he wasn’t good enough for her and that she was too picky. Jane decided to leave Sam because of his emotional, mental and physical abuse. However, Sam did not see it that way. He saw himself being rejected because he wasn’t good enough. So in the process of time Jane remarried and had children, since Sam and Jane’s child had died. This threw Sam in a fit of rage to see that Jane was happy at the hand of another person. So Sam spent everyday for over two years making plans to do something to hurt this family. He started by writing newspaper ads to slander her character. He found out their home phone number and made prank calls in the middle of the night. He picked fights with her new husband via email and phone. He damaged their personal property frequently. Then in a final act of defiance he learned of the family’s personal vacation. The night before they left by car, he cut the brake line and bled the brakes. So when the family loaded the car and drove into traffic the car couldn’t stop when they were approaching a traffic light behind a semi truck trailer. The family’s car was totally destroyed killing all 5 occupants: 1 adult male, 1 adult female, 2 small child females 3 & 4 and 1 unborn male 9 months old. When all was said and done the authorities discovered that the killer was the man that had been a thorn in their side because he has cut the brake line in the car in a fit of rage.
Satan was banished from heaven by God because he had emotional distress. What was it? He, the creation, tried to be like God, the creator. His own selfish desires overwhelmed his ability to think clearly and logically. His own emotions and pride led him and a third of the heavenly host to be expelled from the glory land. So now he spends all of his waking moments using everything that he can and everyone that he can to get back at the one that hurt him. Satan will not rest until he has destroyed everything that God loves and holds dear to His holy heart. Just like the man in the story, Satan will make continual efforts to hurt and hinder us until we fall prey to his destruction. If the man in the story had been vigilant and observant, he would have noticed the large puddle of brake fluid on the street next to his doomed vehicle.
How about you? Are you vigilant? Are you observant? Has the devil used you to hurt the heart of God? See it’s not about you being hurt or your feeling being attacked personally. Satan is using each person like a mechanic uses a tool to fix an engine. He isn’t focused totally on the tool; he focuses on the effort and the end result. When the devil reminds you of the effort remind him of the end result. God is still on the throne and Jesus still saves. Remind him that as long as Jesus lives that he has a death sentence but you can never and will never die. You can take comfort in knowing that God is still in control. In tomorrow’s devotional we will discuss the next thing that the enemy wants to do to you that makes you question “Why me, Lord?” Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.