“Then Satan answered the Lord, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side?’” (Job 1:9-10)
Satan accused Job. He believed God’s protection was Job’s motivation for worshipping God. This encounter raises a question: why do you worship God? Is your motivation the wall of protection you have enjoyed or even the wall you anticipate in eternity? If so, then you are holding onto God for what God does instead of who He is.
God allowed Satan to test Job’s motivation. Job endured a temporary open-gate policy through God’s protective wall. Satan took away everything God had given. Near the end of Job’s ordeal, God points to His actions to reveal His glory. Job saw God through an intense examination of what God had done.
What God does is magnificent. No question. It requires effort to focus attention on Him when His works are so mesmerizing. But if we lose sight of the Creator in favor of His blessings, then we become idolaters worshipping the gifts more than the Giver.
Job’s wall of protection didn’t suffer a breach; God seemingly obliterated it…for a time. God later restored the wall and gave it a greater glory than it had previously possessed. Its presence or absence did not change the object of Job’s worship. “Naked I came; naked I go. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Lord, remind me to worship You because of Who You are rather than what You’ve done. Life may be worthy of laughter or tears, but You are always worthy of praise.