The attack on Job and Bible verses on prosperity

"In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

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 throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”

(Job 1:1-12)

The above mentioned passage refers to the book of Job, a book well known for sharing the story of a man who goes through tribulations to the point of losing everything.

One day, as the angels presented themselves to the Lord, Satan also came. Here are a few pointers to record:

Job was a man who feared the Lord and he shun evil.
He was prosperous and He was the greatest man among the people of the East.
When Satan was asked about Job, he said: “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?”

When you read the chapter deeply, you will realize that Satan wished to attack Job but the Blessing of God was creating a distance between Satan and Job. The Blessing that Job was making it difficult for Satan to destroy Job. Satan needed the Blessing of God to be uplifted from Job in order to implement his evil works.

In the book of Ecclesiastes 7:12, the Bible says: “ For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.”

Money is a form of defense.

This is one of the reasons why the enemy has an advantage in seeing people being impoverished. It is easy to impose a demonic policy on people who are impoverished and desperate. It is easy to destroy a person who is already impoverished.

Let me give you a practical example: “ there is a man in a Western Country who is among the richest men in the world. He has many plans for the Earth and one of his plans is to impose a new type of food (that will include insect diets). He has bought half of the fertile and agricultural land in his country. Due to his recent acquisitions, he has become powerful. This is a dangerous reality for all those who are poor because that man can impose the worship of Baal or Moloch in exchange for releasing food from the land he owns. He can also stop agricultural activities in order to force people to eat insects and synthetic food.

That kind of scenario would barely happen in a country where Christians also own significant portions of the land. The children of God have to rise up quickly!

As seen in Job 1:1-12, Satan the devil does not want prosperity in the lives of God’s children. Therefore, anybody who is averse to Biblical prosperity is a person who thinks like Satan.

For your meditation , here are a few verses to meditate on Biblical prosperity:

Joshua 1:8

"Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

Proverbs 22:4 states:

"Obey the Lord, be humble, and you will get riches, honor, and a long life".

Isaiah 1:19-21 states:

"If you will only let me help you, if you will only obey, then I will make you rich! 20 But if you keep on turning your backs and refusing to listen to me, you will be killed by your enemies; I, the Lord, have spoken."

Matthew 6:33 states:

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

Luke 6:38 states:

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

John 14:12-13 states:

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son."

1 John 5:14 states:

'This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.'

Malachi 3:10 states:

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store".

Proverbs 3:8-10

"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine."

Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Exodus 20: 12

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you."

There are many more passages containing promises of prosperity. However, on a general note, we should all remember that ‘as we walk according to God’s will, we will see our prayer requests answered.’