Tribulation That Is Not Judgment (D. M. Panton)
The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.”
Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.”
So the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. (Job 2:3-7) ________________________________________________________________________
A lesson which is fearfully urgent for us all to learn today is a lesson which not only has a whole book of the Bible devoted to it alone, but that book of the Bible which is supposed to be the first book of Scripture ever written.
In a challenge of God to Satan, and Satan’s answering challenge to God, the Most High selects one man, one of the greatest patriarchs in the dawn of the world, to sum up for all time one fact: that a child of God of the highest character can suffer indescribable loss – property, family, health, all wiped out exactly as an air raid can do it – and it is no judgment on sin in character or service; but simply the profound plan of the Most High serving purposes of which that child of God is totally ignorant.