“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 2:10)
Can you do that, can you not just look for that silver lining around those dark clouds, can you do more than just hope for brighter days, can you accept, and that joyfully the Lord’s decision if He decides to allow evil to enter into your life?
It was the Almighty who gave permission, with strict stipulations, to assail Job, it was not a whim of Satan, he cannot act upon the chosen of the Living God without permission.
Consider these two verses. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (Job 1:8)
And this one, if you have been born-again.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2nd Cor. 5:21)
No matter what comes upon you, no matter how evil it may seem, how desperate the situation may be, what has been written on that page of your life is signed at the bottom by your Father in heaven.
If you willingly seek out to do sin, if you search for it, this is not of the Lord, you have the free will to choose and you will be held accountable for your actions. But if you are living your life for the glory of God, doing all within the weak power that we have within ourselves to stay on the path and evil appears on that path, that has been sent by the Most High.
Satan is a tool used by the Almighty for His glory, he is hindered by the Holy Spirit, and at times is directed by the Lord, allowed, within limits, to assail us. He does not have free reign to do as he pleases when he pleases to those who are hid in Christ, but when he is told to go, he goes, and he will not leave one stone unturned when he arrives.
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” (Heb. 12:6) Is Satan one of the Lord’s means of chastising His children, as payment, if you will, for sins committed? Perhaps. As the rod of His correction? At times, yes. As a means to draw us closer to Him, to lean on Him even more, to trust in His will for our lives, no matter the consequences?
These fools who spout the nonsense that God is only love, that it is His overriding attribute above all others will never accept these truths, they are the reason for the enabled society we find ourselves in, they are the reason the wicked find themselves emboldened, they are the reason we find ourselves in these days of great apostacy.
No loving Father leaves His children uncorrected when they have gone astray, He pleads with them, in love, to return, and if they refuse, He brings pain, in love, to help them to see the error of their ways, to bring them back to a right relationship to Him.
Satan is this tool, and this tool does no more than what he is told to do and only when allowed to.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2nd Cor. 13:5)
Our Father will reveal to you, every single time, the way out of the temptation, and if you become trapped by it, He will come and save you from it. But you do not need to sin to be chastised.
“Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.” (Psalm 19:12)
If you ask Him to, He will, and He may do so by lengthening the leash on that tool of His, perhaps even unto the death of your flesh.
“To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (1st Cor. 5:5)
In love, always in love, that is how our Father in heaven always behaves towards those that are the righteousness of His Holy name hidden in Christ.