Satan causes trials and difficulties


When Job was first subjected to his trials, he was stripped of all his possessions and all of his children, but he did not fail as a result or say anything that was a sin against God. He had overcome the temptations of Satan and he had overcome his material property and offspring and the trial of losing all of his worldly possessions. This means that he could submit when God took from him and give thanks and praise to God because of it. This was Job's behavior during Satan's first temptation, and so was Job's testimony during God's first trial. On the second test, Satan reached out to afflict Job, and although Job had suffered worse pain than he had ever felt before, his testimony was enough to astonish people. He used his steadfastness, conviction, and obedience to God as well as his fear of God to defeat Satan once more, and his conduct and testimony were once again confirmed and endorsed by God. During this temptation, Job used his real conduct to proclaim to Satan that the pain of the flesh could not change his belief in God and obedience to Him or take away from him his devotion to God and his fear of God; he would not renounce God or give up his own perfection and righteousness because he was exposed to death. Job's determination made Satan a coward, his faith left Satan embarrassed and trembling, the strength of his struggle with Satan for life and death brought forth in Satan a deep hatred and resentment, his perfection and righteousness left Satan without anything he could do with him so that Satan gave up his attacks on him and gave up his accusations against Job before Jehovah God. This meant that Job had conquered the world, conquered the flesh, conquered Satan, and conquered death; he was utterly a person belonging to God. During these two trials, Job was steadfast in his testimony and actually lived out his perfection and righteousness and expanded the scope of his life principles to fear God and avoid evil. After undergoing these two trials, a richer experience was born in Job, and that experience made him more mature and more experienced, it made him stronger and more convincing, and it kept him clinging to the correctness and worthiness of the integrity to which he was clinging kept being more confident. Jehovah's trials on Job gave him a deep understanding and sense of God's concern for man and allowed him to feel the preciousness of God's love, with consideration for God and love for Him added to his fear of God. Not only did the trials of Jehovah God not alienate Job from him, but they brought his heart closer to God. When the carnal pain that Job endured reached its climax, the concern of Jehovah God that he felt left him no choice but to curse the day he was born. Such behavior was not planned for long, but a natural revelation of consideration for God and love for him from his heart; it was a natural revelation that came from his consideration for God and his love for him. That is, because he loathed himself, and he was unwilling and unable to bear to torment God, his consideration and love reached the point of selflessness. At this time Job raised his longstanding adoration and longing for God and devotion to God to the level of consideration and love. At the same time he also raised his faith and obedience to God and his fear of God to the level of consideration and love. He did not allow himself to do anything that would harm God, he did not allow himself any behavior that would hurt God, and did not allow himself to bring suffering, grief or even misery upon God for his own reasons. In God's eyes, although Job was still the old Job, Job's faith, obedience, and fear of God had brought God complete satisfaction and joy. By this time Job had reached the perfection God expected him to achieve, becoming someone truly worthy to be considered "perfect and upright" in God's eyes. His righteous deeds made him overcome Satan and endure in his testimony to God. His righteous deeds also made him perfect and allowed the value of his life to be increased and more than ever to be overcome and to make him the first person who would no longer be attacked and tempted by Satan. Since Job was righteous, Satan accused and tempted him; because Job was righteous, he was handed over to Satan; and because Job was righteous, he overpowered and defeated Satan, and stood firm in his testimony. From now on, Job became the first man who would never be surrendered to Satan, he really came before the throne of God and lived in the light under the blessings of God without the spying or destruction of Satan. ... He had become a real person in God's eyes, he had been set free. ...

from "God's Work, God's Disposition and God Himself II" in "The Word Appears in the Flesh"