“Slight Reflections” ( Revelation 12: 10, NIV ) by Carley Evans

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.’ ”

 

Our adversary and his demons were overcome in heaven, and hurled to the earth by Michael and his angels. “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!” (Revelation 12:12)

 

Have you ever wondered if our adversary approached God before the fall from heaven regarding Job? “One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him.” (Job 1:6-8)

 

Why did God allow Satan to take “everything [Job] has?” Yet, command our adversary “not to lay a finger” “on the man himself.” (Job 1:12)

 

Think of the extraordinary amount of pain existing in the world. Perhaps God allows pain to give us a small taste of Christ’s sacrifice — imagine the glory Christ relinquished; feel the physical, emotional, spiritual agony He underwent in the days surrounding His crucifixion. The pains we experience are a slight reflection of His sufferings.

 

Job learns to accept both good and bad from the Lord — “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the Name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:20)

 

Our adversary roams the earth, looking for anyone he may devour. He no longer stands day and night at the throne of the Most High, accusing us — for he has been thrown down to the earth. Here he attempts to get us to accuse ourselves, to wallow in shame and guilt, to self-destruct or even destroy one another.

 

Instead, let us love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls; and let us love one another.

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