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A place of reflective thought.

Job 2:3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” 

“There are bad days and then there are legendary bad days. This was one of those days.”–Riddick

Have you ever had one of those days where it seemed that the world was against you? It’s like somebody left the gates of hell open. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. It’s kind of like the hero in the movie, Riddick played by Vin Diesel. He is a notorious bounty hunter, rebel, fugitive. It seems that someone is always coming after him because of the bounty on his head.

There is a bounty on our head when we are believers. Jesus told Peter, “Satan wants to sift you like wheat but I have prayed for you!” Satan is the accuser of the brethren and he wants to bring down as many of God’s children as he can.

What’s interesting about Riddick is that the people who are after him are afraid of him because they know his strength and reputation. When you are walking in the will of God, you are dangerous to the devil and you have been considered.

One day Satan had been roaming the earth looking for his next victim. He came into the presence of God and God asked him if he considered Job. In the previous chapter God had already given the enemy permission to test Job by taking everything but his life. He lost his property, his marriage, and all ten of his children. But in all of this Job worshipped God saying, “Naked I came into the World and Naked I shall leave. The Lord God gives and the Lord God takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!” Job is legendary! That is some superhuman faith and resiliency.

In the next chapter the devil comes back looking for somebody else and God asks, “have you considered my servant Job?!” Hasn’t Job suffered enough? Why do y’all keep picking on Job? Because he’s been considered! The word Consider is defined as regarding someone as having a specified quality. God knew how much Job could handle.

Whether you know it or not the devil is after you because you have been considered. He knows that if you ever mature into who God wants to be that you will be a legendary threat. Here is who we aim to be:

1. There is no one on earth like him. He is blameless and upright. Job sounds like a prototype of Jesus. The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not one. Jesus Christ came to sinful earth but did not sin. He took away our sin. When God sees us he sees the righteousness of Jesus when we are in relationship with him. We too are blameless and upright when our relationship with Jesus is right.

2. A man who fears God and shuns evil. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. When we have the proper respect for God and avoid evil, God considers us worthy of representing him. He’s not going to send anybody who has no integrity. He’s considered you because he knows you can stand the test.

3. He maintains his integrity even after he was attacked. It takes a special person to hold on to their character when it has been an attempted assassination of it. When people talk about you, you lose your possessions; friends abandon you yet you hold on to your character. You’ve been considered!

After Job endured his brutal and devastating trials from Satan God restored all of what he lost and some. This season you’re in is the toughest you’ve had to endure. But on the other side of this is your reward. God has not forgot and you will be restored.

Dear God, 

Thank you for considering me worthy to be tested. I will not let you down. I will not give up. The enemy expects me to quit but he will be disappointed. I will trust in the Lord until I die and that isn’t time soon. I love you and I eagerly anticipate the day where you will bless me tenfold in the presence of all my enemies.

 In Jesus Name,