Satan And Limited Activities
One great lesson we learn from the book of Job is that while Satan is active, he is also has limits. Consider that he approached God about Job. God knew why he was there. He asked Satan an important question in Job 1:8.
“Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
It can be interpreted a couple of ways. The most common is to suggest God brought Job to Satan’s mind, almost as a taunt. “Have you considered him? I bet you can’t sway him! You’d fail if you tried.” And so Job’s trials take a strange turn for many. Job would have been better off if God had said nothing.
But that may not be the best way to look at it. Notice Young’s Literal Translation:
“Hast thou set thy heart against My servant Job because there is none like him in the land, a man perfect and upright, fearing God, and turning aside from evil?’
God knew who was on Satan’s heart. He knew that Satan had been thinking about how to conquer Job’s faith. And God brought it out of him. “You’re here because you have your thoughts set on Job–after all, He is perfect and upright.”
Jesus revealed a similar idea concerning Peter in Luke 22:31.
“And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.’ “
Why This Matters
Why does God allow such things to happen? There are many complex answers that we could postulate, but that’s not the point we need to focus upon at the moment. The point is that Satan has limits. We serve a Supreme Being who has set limits upon Satan as well as anything else in the Universe–both spiritual and physical. That’s good news for us!
It brings to life 1 Corinthians 10:13.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
You can endure any temptation thrown your way, no matter how powerful or subtle. No matter your weaknesses or strengths. Satan cannot win as long as we choose to overcome. But you must make that choice. You can be a conqueror, but you must lift the sword. It’s a battle for your very life. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring it.