Job’s story–each time reading over it, I learn a bit more. At first, I approached him as his friends did: thinking these holy words (as part of scripture) rang with authority and truth–he MUST HAVE done something wrong to deserve this. Friends who point the finger at him. Friends who tell him what he needs to do to fix it. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, Job is spun and pulled to different perspectives–and it’s no wonder even his words can’t land on a still spot.
8 “‘You formed me with your hands; you made me,
yet now you completely destroy me.
9 Remember that you made me from dust—
will you turn me back to dust so soon?
10 You guided my conception
and formed me in the womb.
11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,
and you knit my bones and sinews together.
12 You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love.
My life was preserved by your care.
13 “‘Yet your real motive—
your true intent—
14 was to watch me, and if I sinned,
you would not forgive my guilt.
15 If I am guilty, too bad for me;
and even if I’m innocent, I can’t hold my head high,
because I am filled with shame and misery.
16 And if I hold my head high, you hunt me like a lion
and display your awesome power against me.
17 Again and again you witness against me.
You pour out your growing anger on me
and bring fresh armies against me. Job 10:8-17, NLT
And maybe that’s just what the enemy wants–to confuse minds and contort information. These chapters in Job and Revelation, they point to a spiritual warfare.
7 Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. 8 And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. 9 This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. Revelation 12:7-9, NLT.
I think on words in Ephesians, and try to get my head around it. Spiritual warfare is generally not the stuff of my everyday conversations. It’s not trending in my social feeds. I’ve hardly heard it discussed between believers. But today, I sit with these thoughts more than ever before.
Father God, I pray to walk in your truth–to hold fast to who you are, to embrace who you say I am, to see the world with new eyes. An enemy comes to destroy, deceive and divide. Help me to know the truth and walk in it.