Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me

No one in scripture ever suffered as Job did, except for the Lord Jesus Christ. In his bitterness Job cried out, “ Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me” Job did not understand the nature or reason for what he was going through. All his problems were the result of the provocation of Satan. When he appeared before the Lord, the Lord said, “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? Job 1:8 Satan answered, But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. To wit the Lord said, 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. After a time the two met again. To further clarify Gods position he said, 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. What was he doing?

He was testing Job, not to see him fail, but to show how he would react. Jesus the Son of God was sent out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for 40 days, for the same reason. When a driver test drives a car it is not to see it fail, but to show how it performs under real conditions. It is built and designed for success, so it is pushed to the limits. Gold and silver are refined in the fire, not to destruction, but to get rid of impurities. Job was tested for a period of time, but there was a limit to his testing.

We as Job will be tested also, but with limits. Paul writes There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]. But this temptation came from God! I thought God didn’t tempt man. that is correct. James says, Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: In Jobs case it was of Satan, and God permitted it. Because of all that came upon him Job uttered this cry, as we may be prone to do when things happen in our lives, and we have no answer for it. We think God is against us, but the Bible says God is for us, who can be against us? It is the enemy of our souls, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world.

Testing only comes to those approved by God. Listen to what God says about Job; Hast thou considered my servant, perfect and upright, hates evil, fears God Are you his servant? Have you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ? then you are his servant and you must expect trials and testing. But listen to Paul a tried and tested servant For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory; Listen to Job himself as he says, “But he knoweth the way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. The psalmist says, Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. But MY trials are hard and you don’t know what I am going through, but God does, listen to Peter; That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Here is the reason for the testing, the glory of God. Oh Believer! it is not God contending with you, Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. All things work together for good to those who love God. Our trials are for a season, the rewards are forever.

So the writer to the Hebrews exhorts; Heb 12:1213 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Let not the trials and your fear of your God leaving you, bring you down, go on in faith waiting for him to restore unto you the joy of your salvation.

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