“Though he slay me, I will hope in him, yet I will argue my ways to his face.” 13:15
This is a bright spot in a monologue of tortured complaining. A few sentences after this, Job asks God if he can hide out in hell until God’s wrath passes.
In the first chapter of this book, Satan insisted that if Job lost everything he had, he would curse God to his face. He was sure that Job’s faith in God hinged on his well-being. Here, in the depths of his despair, Job declares that he still hopes in God.
What does the Enemy assume about you?
I don’t know how it works. How much he knows about me, or how often he’s watching. But maybe that’s the problem; we all assume we’re flying under the radar and living a life undisturbed or bothered by Satan. I don’t have answers to my own questions, but am certain about this: whenever the Bible mentions him, we are told to be on guard. To flee from him. In John 12:31, he’s referred to as the ruler of this world.
So far, Satan has been wrong about Job. He’s wallowed, cried out, disagreed and complained to God. But Job has not cursed God. I want him to be wrong about me, too. To underestimate my faith, to disregard my trust and to downplay my prayer life.
Do you underestimate the influence of the Accuser?