When Job first underwent his trials,
all he owned and all his children
were taken away from him,
but it did not make him fall
or say a word in sin against God.
He’d overcome Satan’s temptations.
He’d overcome losing his children
and losing his possessions,
which means that he obeyed God
as God took things away from him.
Job obeyed and thanked God,
he gave praise to God for all God did.
This was Job’s behavior,
his testimony through God’s first trial.
When Job went through his second trial,
Satan reached out to afflict Job.
Job felt the greatest pain he’d known,
and still his testimony
would leave people astounded.
He used his strength and conviction,
his obedience and fear of God
to defeat Satan yet once more.
His conduct and his witness
once again won God’s approval.
And throughout this trial,
Job used his conduct to tell Satan:
Pain of flesh could never change
his faith and obedience to God.
Pain couldn’t kill his devotion,
his obedience and fear of God.
He would never renounce God
or give up his perfection
or his virtue as he faced death.
All of Job’s determination
made a coward out of Satan.
His faith left Satan trembling.
The intensity he fought with
left Satan with a deep hatred.
Job’s perfection and uprightness
left Satan helpless against him.
Satan gave up on its attacks
and all its accusations
that it had laid in front of God.
Job overcame the world,
he overcame the flesh,
he overcame Satan, he overcame death.
He completely belonged to God.
Through these trials, Job stood witness,
truly lived out his perfection
and lived out his uprightness,
broadened his living principles
of fearing God and shunning evil.
Adapted from “God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself II” in The Word Appears in the Flesh