As God’s ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts – I tremble to attempt to describe Him at all. But, He has given us His word and describes Himself so I’ll just look at what He says:
Revelation 12 is a great place to start. Verse 7: “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, (emphasis mine) and they lost their place in heaven”. In verses 10-11, like a song:
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.”
We see the salvation, power, kingdom of God, and the authority of His Christ…have come…the brothers overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. So, even we, believers in the Christ, have power to overcome.
Next, the story of Job: God’s word, Chapter 1:1-5, describes Job as blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil – blameless. I look back to the passage just recorded from Revelation and see that the enemy accuses us night and day before God. Yet, Job is blameless – accused but innocent? It seems so, but I put a question mark because I know there are those who disagree. No need to argue because God knows which it is. As soon as Job is described, another scene is detailed in verses 6-12.
All of the angels present themselves before God and Satan came with them. Then begins a discussion of the man Job and we learn that Satan is given permission to attack the man and that God limits what Satan is allowed to do. This occurs not once but twice! First, the man’s children and wealth are destroyed, then he suffers a disease that causes painful sores and his friends accuse him of some sin. Why does Job have to suffer? God does not have the writer state, “Job suffered all of this because _______ and/or ______.” But, what is written gives us a hint. Job 42:5, Job says to God, “I heard of You but now I have seen You” and Job said he despised himself and repented in dust and ashes.
Job did not know God, he had only heard of God. After the trial, Job can say, “…now I have seen You….” Job met the living God.
But God said to the friends that He was angry with them because they had not spoken of God what is right but Job did! God tells Job to pray for his friends in order for them to be rescued from God’s dealing with them.
What does Job’s story have to do with God’s power? Who limited Satan? God. From this we can derive that God has the power to limit Satan and does so on our behalf.
I think the whole bible tells us the story of God’s power spent on behalf of His beloved. This is only a drop in that bucket.
- reflections on revelations, part 1 (offbeatonpurpose.wordpress.com)
- reflections on revelations, part 3 (offbeatonpurpose.wordpress.com)
- The Story Of Job (lacykitkat.wordpress.com)