The Accuser: Job 1:6-12

Steven Haguewood

Accusations do not have to be based on the truth; in fact, often they are not. Many accusations are unprovoked attacks on innocent parties. Sometimes accusations have a thread of truth that is taken out of context or blown out of proportion. Sometimes the accusations are accurate, and the party being accused is truly guilty of the crime of which he is accused.

Satan is the accuser of God's people. He stood before the Angel of the Lord in Zechariah 3:1-2 to accuse Joshua the High Priest. In that instance, his accusation was baseless and God dismissed the claim. In Job 1:9, Satan levels an accusation against Job, "Does Job fear God for nothing?" He accuses Job of serving God for selfish gain and claims that if God removes His protection from Job that he will, "...curse you to your face" (v. 11). Job did nothing wrong, but Satan accused him anyway. Satan is also willing to level accusations against God. In Genesis 3:5, he accused God of trying to keep Adam and Eve ignorant by refusing them the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. He tells Eve that the only reason God keeps the tree from her and Adam is to keep them from being as wise as he is, to keep them from being as wise as God. Satan's desire is to drive a wedge between God and His people, and he will stop at nothing to accomplish his purpose.

Notice, though, that, in each case where man is accused by Satan, God knows the truth about the man. God knew that Job was honest and would not turn against Him because of the loss of earthly possessions. Job struggled mightily with what was happening to him but never turned against God. God knew before the accusation was leveled against Job just how strong Job was. In fact, He was the one who brought up Job's name (1:8). He was not "sicking" Satan on Job; Satan was already considering his attack on God's man. God knew Job had the strength to withstand the wiles of the devil.

The challenge this gives to us is to live so that God knows Satan's accusations against us are false. When Satan charges us with wrongdoing, we need to make sure our lives contradict his attack. Self-evaluation is a valuable tool in aiding us along this avenue. Ask yourself the question, "If Satan approached God, and accused me of serving for wrong motives, would God have enough evidence to know better?" It is best to be honest in answering this question; God already knows the answer. Do some serious self-examination; decide whether you have been right in your approach to God, or Satan has at least a thread of truth with which to accuse you. Satan will not let anything go without accusation, and he is willing to lie in making his accusations. What we need to do is live in such a way that when he accuses us, we make him a liar. 1301 West Virginia Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26104.


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