Even though the devil is responsible for tempting, attacks by people and other adverse circumstance, we must not only look at what the devil is trying to do but what God is trying to say to us through the adversity. While Satan may hinder he can never stop the will of God. Our trials may have godly reasons and not only evil intents of the enemy.
Take Job for example, the Lord gave the devil permission to attack him. As I have written about in a prior blog, Job had the sin of self righteousness, he thought that he was a pretty good guy until the Lord showed him through his trials that he wasn’t all that godly.
This still happens today. Satan is still accusing us before God’s throne. What is God trying to show us about the sin in our life through the trial? What unrighteousness do we need to recognize and repent of? Paul tells us that ALL THINGS are working together for our good and this includes our trials and tribulations.
Are we being persecuted? Do we really love our enemy or do we retaliate when offended? Are we being evil spoken of? Do we care so much about our reputations or are we serving Jesus and willing to suffer persecution as he suffered persecution? Are we experiencing financial lack? Do we love the things of the world more that God? Are we willing to live on less for his sake sometimes? How about our pretentious faith when the going gets tough? Do we try to fake it or just let go and let God?
The Lord speaks to us through the afflictions that he allows to happen in our life. Satan can do nothing unless God allows it. He has no power above that. The Bible says that God works all things out for our good, for a divine purpose, and not just to come to our rescue every time we have a battle. The lessons of life are meant to teach us and train us to be godly. What is God trying to teach you through your trial right now?
“And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel” 1chronicles 21:1
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.” Job 1:12
Satan falsely accuses Job (Job 1:9,10;2:4,5)
AFFLICTIONS AND ADVERSITIES » FROM SATAN (Job 1;; 2 Corinthians 12:7)
BLASPHEMY » INSTANCES OF » Two disciples, Hymenaeus and Alexander, who Beguiled by Satan (Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 11:3;
1 Timothy 2:14)were delivered to Satan, so that they could learn not to blaspheme (2 Timothy 1:20)
“That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. “ 1 Thessalonians 3:3
“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;” 2 Timothy 1:8
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. “ 2 Timothy 4:5
“Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.” James 5:10
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28.29
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19
“Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of [them] all the Lord delivered me.” 2 Timothy 3:11
Be patient in affliction the Bible says for God is doing a work in our hearts!