TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
Understanding Satan’s role (3)‘In all things God works for the good of those who love him.’ Romans 8:28 NIV
As we saw yesterday, Satan’s attack can strengthen our faith. The devil dared to question the strength of Job’s faith, so God gave him permission to test Job. ‘The Lord said to Satan, “All right then. Everything Job has is in your power, but you must not touch Job himself”’ (Job 1:12 NCV). God allowed the test, but He set the boundaries that Satan had to abide by. Job passes the test and Satan complains that Job would have fallen had he been forced to face pain. Again God gives permission, and again He sets the boundaries: ‘Job is in your power, but you may not take his life’ (Job 2:6 NCV). Though Job faced a great deal of pain and ended up asking God a lot of questions, in the end his faith and health were even better than before. We might not understand the things we’re having to face, or why we’re facing them, but what we can know for sure is that God will bring good from it. ‘We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him’ (Romans 8:28 NIV). That good might be a restoration of the things we’ve lost, even more blessings than we started with or a stronger relationship with God Himself. When we feel under spiritual attack, we can confidently say that God will bring good in the end. His plans are ultimately for good. Job said: ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised’ (Job 1:21 NIV). Whether we’re going through good or bad, we should be praising God too. His goodness and faithfulness remain the same whatever happens.
Whatever you’re going through today, take some time to worship God and praise Him for His goodness and faithfulness.