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FAITH-FILLED, FEAR-ALLAYED RESPONSE TO THE NEW CORONAVIRUS

Devotion Miriam read March 14, 2020
Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:9–12)
God allows Satan only enough room to accomplish the very opposite of what he wanted to accomplish. He gets only enough rope to hang himself. Satan resents Job and wants him discredited and exposed as a fraud. As a result of his assaults, today Job is one of the most famous figures in history. Millions of people have read about his life and been helped by his example. God hates evil and permits into Job’s life only the evil that will completely defeat Satan’s intention. Yet at the end Job is never told the plan. He never learns why he suffered.
The lesson: God hates evil and suffering and has a plan that will defeat it, but we can hardly see any of the plan. It is hidden too deeply for us to see much of it at all. The people around Jesus’ cross also shook their heads and said, “I don’t see how God could bring anything good out of this.”
If you knew that your suffering was glorifying God before the angels, demons, and powers and principalities of the world, would that change your attitude toward it? How?
Prayer: Lord, my human pride makes me feel that if I with my reason can’t perceive any good reason for this suffering, then there can’t be any. Give me the humility that will bring me the peace that comes from trusting you. Amen.
Citation: Keller, Timothy. God's Wisdom for Navigating Life (p. 73). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.