After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 And Job said: 3 "Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, 'A man is conceived.' 4 Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it. Job 3:1-4 ESV
Job had nothing left. Or did he? Everything for which Job had worked and saved – all his labor and every earthly thing he ever loved was gone. Or was it? Job’s friends would not draw near, and he was alone. Or was he?
Satan loves to weave deceitful schemes around us. He sets up idols and distractions to keep us from loving and worshiping God above all. He knows that God wired us for dominion and relationship, and for fruitful work. He uses that nature against us, and our relationship with our Creator.
A friend cannot tell someone these things in the middle of the battle with Satan. But a friend can prepare you before it happens. Love God above all, and forsake all else as your chief aim. Relationships grounded in the Father last forever. They are never lost. The things you “own” are illusory. They are just dust and rust. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Be possessed by the Spirit of Christ. Be strengthened ahead of time, so that when difficulty comes, you will know where your help comes from.