A Few Thoughts About Those Who Are Abused and Job




A Few Thoughts About Those Who Are Abused and Job

Job

A story:

A young woman, W, wants to marry a young man, G, but she is troubled by some of his actions, opinions, nearly always wanting and getting his wayjust insisted on it. When she expressed her opinion, he would call her stupid, crazy. As time moved on closer to the wedding date, he would criticize her opinion, try to make her angry, and it she did become angry or bringing up his inconsistencies, he would call her crazy. It was almost as if he was trying to get her angry. When she expressed her concern to her friends, they would think, “What is wrong with you; you always said how great he was and wonderfully he treated you?” Later, her family and her were talking this over, and they all agreed to break off the relationship.

Some years later she met another young man who was wonderful and let her be herself. She loved it. But in the end after time, he, too, was a controlling, abusive man. She broke off the relationship.

Again, she meets another young man. Everything is wonderful. The family being cautious questioned him and watched him closely. All seemed good. She, too, thought so, seeing no dangers whatsoever. They married, and soon things were changing. He was subtile, yet controlling, angry in private, gaslighting, abusing in private, but treating her wonderfully in public. No one know. Finally, she broke down and needed professional counseling. He divorced her, when her church and family believed her instead of him.

She left the Christian faith, “Because,” she said, “There are too many hypocrites in the church.

Did I tell you that she had prayed and prayed, pleading with God to not let her be fooled by these guys, and by all appearances God had not helped. She was angry with God.

These things happen all too often any more to brothers and sisters in Christ. Many leave the faith.

How does Job’s story help us?

You know the story. Job was very rich. He had a wonderful family. All was well. He also served God faithfully. One day in heaven, satan appeared and accused Job and telling God that the only reason Job served God was of God’s blessing and protection.

B1 Take note that satan wanted God to do the dirty work of hurting Job: Job 1:9-11 NLT Satan replied to the LORD, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!

B2 God replied in Job 1:12, 22 NLT “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.

B3 Because of satan’s influence over some evil people and the weather, Job learned that all his children had died, and he had lost everything.

B4 satan did not HAVE to do these evil deeds. He wanted to do these things. God allowed it.

B5 Let us understand a few things so far.

C1 God had blessed Job.

C2 Job worshiped and served God.

C3 satan falsely accused God and Job.

C4 satan received permission to hurt Job as a test to destroy him.

B6 Relating this to our story. God did not order these evil young men to do their evil deeds on the young woman, but God did allow it. Why?

We all fall for satan’s tricks sometimes, for satan makes it appear that God is causing these horrible things. The enemy puts on god clothes (angel of light) to appear to be God or at least God’s angel. It is then that satan tells his lies, which we believe, get ruined, and blame God.

A few things that hopefully will help us in such trying times.

B1 Job knew God’s character.

B2 Job had made his mind up to not curse God.

B3 satan wants to destroy our faith and us

A Few Thoughts About Those Who Are Abused and Job

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