Don’t you love the 18th book of of the Bible? The book of Job? What a book full of contrast and emotion.
It was Job’s custom to frequently offer sacrifices on behalf of his children. Job was always praying and sacrificing over his children (animal sacrifices were the primary ways to worship in those days)
So why all the sacrificing?
*So that his sons might not be cursed before God! Seriously, that is what he said!
Now here is where it gets interesting. The very FIRST THING Satan touched in Job’s life was not his children, but HIS LIVESTOCK!
In the culture of the O.T., Satan had destroyed Job’s ability to worship when he took away the man’ herds of sacrificial animals.
It appears to me that it was only AFTER the devil took away Job’s ability to worship was Satan able to touch anything else in his life.
Here’s what I’m getting at…
Worship is the jugular vein of life in God’s kingdom.
*If Satan can stop your worship, then he will have access to anything else in your life.
The last chapter of Job – I notice an interesting thing.
God speaks to Job’s friends and tells them to bring some sacrificial animals to God for sacrifices, but God wanted JOB to pray over them.
In the very next verse following the act of sacrificial Worship, the bible says that ‘everything that Job had was restored and more.
*Once worship was restored, everything else was also restored!
*If Satan can stop you and me from worshiping, he will steal from you, your family, your job, your joy, your church…
Just started a sermon series about ‘WORSHIP’. Take a listen on the website, and tell me what you think.