Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same. Job 4:8
Job’s friend Eliphaz speaks first, convinced that every one of Job’s problems is rooted in sin.
I do not know if what Eliphaz said is unique or an old saying everyone knew.
You and I heard it said a little different.
Gal 6:7-10 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
What Eliphaz does not know is something God knows and has proclaimed – Job is blameless, upright, fears God, and shuns evil.
Eliphaz and the others just assume Job sowed sin and reaped judgment.
I admit I have done the same.
This is one area most Christians fail in assuming sin is the cause for someone’s problems.
Certainly, God disciplines those He loves. (Hebrews 12:6)
In my own life, I often ask, “Is this an act of God or an attack of Satan?”
Clearly, for Job, it was an attack of Satan.
A disciplinary act of God brings you to a place of repentance and a return to God. It teaches a lesson and produces a contrite heart. It gives you a more abundant life.
An attack of Satan comes unexpectedly and only produces death. There is no lesson to learn and no believer is immune from such an attack. The Lord Jesus told Peter, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32