Your Question # 27
[#27] In the Book of Job chapter 1, Satan was arguing that Job feared God because God provides and protects Job's household (vv8-12), then on chapter 2, he's moving on to Job physical body (vv3-6). But starting from chapter 3 to the end, there is no more record in regards to Satan argumentation any further; instead the focus shifted to the interaction between man and God. I wonder what was the conclusion to the original argumentation between Satan and God, ie. Does he acknowledged that Job truly fears God, not because any of those thing he mentioned earlier?
Thank you, great question. Job is one of the examples of suffering and loss in the Bible of how God allowed this man to go through great personal loss and pain for the glory of God.
The short answer to your question whether Satan admits 'defeat' in trying to get Job to sin is NOT recorded. One reason I postulate is because Satan is a very prideful being. He cannot conceive of being defeated. If repulsed on one front he will simply bring an attack from a different angle.
God had hedged Job in with material, family and personal blessings because of his faithfulness. However there is also an important lesson for us to note, this does not mean because we may be faithful that 'bad' things such as persecution and attacks won't happen to us. In fact the more faithful one is to Christ, the more chance that adversity may come from the enemy to test, weaken and destroy our testimony. Satan believed if he could hit Job hard enough by taking away his wealth (his treasures), family (those he loved on earth), and health (personal discomforts) that Job would turn from God and blame Him for his hardships.
Such is the temptation of many Christians who are weak in the faith. As a Pastor I have seen superficial believers turn from the way of God because they did not get what they thought God should have given them or protected them from harm and loss.
God is teaching us today by the life of Job that Job had his priorities in the right place.
Let us also learn from them:
1. Job worshiped the Lord with all his heart and understood that He is God and we are His servants. Ch 23:10-11 "But He knows the way that I take: when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
2. Job learned to enjoy the blessings of material wealth in their context, knowing they can come and go in a day. God is the source of all that we have. We value our relationship to Him over anything material OR above any other worldly relationships.
3. Job knew that the testing of his faith is far more important than personal happiness. Ch 2:9-10 "Then his wife said to him, do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die! But he said to her, you speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity? In all this Job did not sin with his lips."
4. Have a spiritual EYE to see beyond the circumstances and to look at what God is going to give at the end of tragedy. Note What Job said (not what Satan said) in chapter 42:2 "I KNOW that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."
5. Satan can ONLY do what God allows him to do when it comes to Christians. Ch 1:12
6. Christians must rely upon the grace and strength of God to endure adversity when the enemy comes to assail.
7. Job knew the ultimate victory lay with God alone, even if death should come: Ch 13:15 "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him..." Also Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
I may have given you more than you asked for, but I pray it will help you in your journey. That first step begins with knowing Christ as your personal Savior. If you have not yet received His free gift of salvation I pray this will be the day you do so.
Recommend the book: "Why Suffering?" by Ravi Zacharias
I hope this helps, if you have any follow-up questions, please let us know.