Springing The Trap

 

Article by Pastor D. Sutherland

 

Bible Text: Job 1:1-22; Job 2:1-10

 

trapAt the most we are not all aware that the Devil has conjure up a plan to trap us and to put us at odd with God. However, if we search the scriptures we would realize that the Devil has an ultimate plan that we have got to neutralize.

The scriptures highlighted Job’s relationship with God as a man who was perfect and upright and one who feared God and hated evil (Job  1:1). Central to his belief was the fear of God and not wanting to curse God in any way shape or form, not himself, his wife nor his children. He was so conscious of this that after his children feasted he would send and sanctify them, and offer burnt sacrifices to God for them (Job 1:5). This he did continually as his role as shepherd of his family.

(Job 1:1 KJV)
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

(Job 1:5 KJV)
And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Job must have realized that cursing God, his creator, was and still is a most foolish thing to do (Job 2:9-10) irrespective of what was happening in his life or around him. It is supposed in the camp of the devil that if he and his evil forces were allowed to spoil our possessions in God, persecutes us, and afflicts God’s people with sickness, these experiences would drive us to curse God. This is the Devils ultimate plan (Job 1:11).

Job 2:9-10 KJV
(9)  Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
(10)  But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

(Job 1:11 KJV)
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job neutralized this devilish plan by doing the following when he was confronted with tough circumstances that were designed to trap him. He worshipped God in the face of adversity; he blessed the Name of the Lord (Job 1: 20-21).

Job 1:20-21 KJV
(20)  Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
(21)  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Let us, as many as are mature in Christ continue to spring (neutralize) this trap of the devil by blessing the Lord at all times, having his praise continually in our mouth (Psalms 34:1).

(Psalms 34:1 KJV)
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 

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