Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
by: Kennedy Ochs.
These verses are always hard for me to read. Job had done all the right things and he was still chosen to go through incredible hardship. It does not seem fair. We often hear that, “God will not give us more than we can handle.” But, I think, in reality, God often does give us much more than we can handle...and then He helps us to handle it. He does this to encourage our dependence on Him. Within those seasons where we are tempted and where we are pushed past our breaking points is the space for unreserved reliance on God because He is all we have left and all we need. He gives us what we can handle only through trusting His power and righteousness.