''What have I done to You, O watcher of men; Why have You set me as Your target? Job 7: 20 (NKJV).
In Jamaica’s secondary education system the government pays for high school students to sit external examinations (up to five subjects - the average number that students will need to matriculate into university). A part of the process of students sitting these examinations is that they have to be recommended by respective teachers in each subject area. In order to do this, teachers have to carefully observe students' performance and evaluate whether or not they are worth the investment.
So when the Heavenly council met and the sons of God presented themselves to Him, and Satan came also, God needed someone to bear witness for Him.
This person would be subjected to severe testing, as concocted by the Devil. And God chose Job.
This person would bear witness that it is possible for created beings to faithfully serve God out of a heart of love. And God chose Job.
This person would be "a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil." So God chose Job.
Know this, when chosen (targeted) by God in a sinful world, we become targets of the Devil who will do all in his power to undermine our willingness to be used by God. But know this also, God will never subject us above what we are able to bear, but will with every trial/temptation design a way of endure/escape (1 Cor 10: 13). We must guard against becoming disillusioned about God and to be careful not to put the Devil's blame on Him.
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