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6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”
8The 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.”
9Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.”
12Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:6–12)
Perhaps one of the greatest distortions of biblical truth, especially as promoted by secular literature and the entertainment industry, is that Satan is on an equal footing with God. Lucifer is often portrayed as having the same powers, abilities and qualities as God as some kind of perceived evil counterbalance to good. But here it is clearly revealed he is not just lacking that kind of equality, but is actually a member found among the lower ranks of other such created beings. In fact, he is not even omnipresent, handicapped by having to roam and walk about the earth, and definitely not omniscient, having no clue what the Lord or Job is about to do. This is going to be as much a test for Satan, if not more, than for Job. And so we have been given a great insight into the nature of trials and testing in the course of this life, and what it means to trust in God when the worst of the worst befalls us, and who is the actual source of such events. But suppose Satan issued a request for the same kind of trial but with opposite physical attributes. In other words, what if he challenged, “Put forth Your hand and bless him to an abundance of riches—give him everything he wants, and he will surely curse You to Your face”? What if the nature of the trial was to trust in God to the same degree we normally would under the most dire of circumstances when instead we are enriched with far more than we’ll ever need?