At the end of Ted Dekker book, "Heaven" he says this, "we are all Job's one way or another". We belong to God and declared righteous not for what we do but because of our belief in Jesus and His shed blood on the cross. The whole book is about God and Satan battling for the souls and minds of man. Dekker is able with words to paint a vivid picture of what that battle looks like in the heavens and also here on earth. No matter what Satan throws at Job, he never deny God. I am sure Job must have felt like dying many times but God had put a hand on Satan and kept him from killing Job. The book is a great picture of the love of God for His creation and the length He will go to bring us to redemption and back into a relationship with Him.
I came away from the book encouraged that God has done and will do the same for me. I have been sifted and found want wanting several times yet God did not let Satan take my life. He set up barriers and hedges to keep me safe. And there are times I felt that safety net of love surrounding me. But more important then feeling it is I know it, deep down in my soul and that knowledge help me understand why God put the story of Job in the Bible. I have believed God's Word even though at times when the evil in the earth makes me want to scream at God to stop this madness in our world. To put an end to the pain we suffer and bring peace. I believe without a doubt He will end it someday and until then I need to understand the battle going on for the sake of my testimony.
I read this recently on a blog post while I was reading Ted Dekker book and it ran true in me.
"If you don’t do anything about your mental garden, your mind and spirit will continue to war against each other. This is usually an unconscious pattern. For example, God’s word will tell you to give, but your mind constantly tells you to hold on to everything you’ve got. Your mind tells you to always get the last word, but God says to turn the other cheek and a soft answer calms the situation. Again, your mind tells you to work hard and strive for success, yet the Bible says, seek God’s kingdom first and everything you need will be added unto you.
If you don’t address the false thinking that contradicts God’s word, you’ll continue to be what the Bible calls “double-minded” and because we continue to waver in our desires and beliefs, we can’t receive anything from God.
Job was not a double minded mind and even when his friends and family told him to deny his God he did not give in because he knew in whom he had believed in.
The battle always starts in the mind. My former pastor use to say, you cannot keep the birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your head.
For sure there are battles between good and evil we can see all over the world. Watch TV for five minutes and you will be made aware of it. It's easy to allow the things we hear outside what the bible teaches us to cause us to drift from His Word.