Proverbs 26:2 “… A Curse Causeless Cannot Come…”
Job was said to be “perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” (Job 1:1) “Perfect” doesn’t mean he never sinned, but it means one who holds nothing back from God.
He was totally sincere and dedicated to God. “Upright” refers to his character. He lived in such an honest way that everyone who knew him respected him.
Why Did Job Suffer? Satan’s Legal Right Inflict Job
As you can see from the scripture above (Proverbs 26:2) – that means a curse cannot come on you unless you have an open door – sin and Job’s sin was a spirit of fear. What was Job’s open door for the enemy to have legal right?
Why Did Job Suffer? A Curse Causeless Cannot Come
Heb causeless curse (KJV similar) describes an undeserved curse (cf. NIV, NRSV). The Hebrew word translated causeless means (khanan); it means without cause; gratuitous. Read Deut. 28 Blessings and Curses.
His children (all 10) did not serve the Lord. Did he have a spirit of fear of man and did not discipline them? He had fear for his children. Fear is the opposite of faith and his fear was a form of worry which is not from God.
What Job Feared Came Upon Him
Let us note the words of Job: “For the thing which I fear cometh upon me, and that which I am afraid of cometh unto me” (3:25). What this verse reveals to us is of tremendous significance. Before these terrible things happened to him, Job already had had fear for his children. They were not righteous like him but were sinners. Instead of Trusting the Lord for his Children, he sacrificed for their sins.
To think that God would allow Satan to attack us without a cause is absurbed. What kind of God would do this? We don’t see anywhere else in scripture of God’s attack except when there is sin of some type – unfaithfulness, doubt, unbelief, etc.
Objective – Why Did Job Suffer and was Tested:
God did not afflict Job, Satan did. God gave Satan permission. Answer: Isn’t it comforting to know Satan can do nothing without God’s knowledge and permission! If Satan is attacking us, God allowed it because of open door. Job’s open door which is fear.
The sufferings of Christ point to the same problem: Why? We can dimly perceive how he was “made perfect through suffering,” and how his perfect submission to that suffering laid the eternal foundation for the world’s redemption from all suffering.
All Man Sanctification Process – Dying to Self
Sanctification is a process of trials to get what is not of God out of us or to purify us. Is there any man on earth or ever on earth who was perfect and without sin? No not at all. Suffering is a part of testing but really it is a sanctification process. Job’s testing to see if he would turn against God. He even had three (3) best friends who accused him.
Paul writes, “…There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is not one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12). The Bible says Job was the best man in all the East. That doesn’t mean that he was righteous and good in God’s sight. He was simply the best man from a human perspective, but even the best man is a sinner in God’s sight, and that includes Job. A sinner has no right-standing or rights with God.
Go to Part 2 – Why Job Was Tested – Trials and Tribulations / Sanctification
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