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Satan Has the Worst Job

Everyone has probably had a job they hated at some point. Maybe the pay was too low or the stress too high. Maybe it was too boring or the people you worked with drove you crazy.

Then there are the jobs you just wouldn’t want–like a sewer tunnel repairman, an elephant proctologist, or a congressman. I’m only joking!

Think about though, Satan has the worst job ever (don’t worry I’m in no way calling for you to feel sorry for him). According to Jesus in John 10:10, the enemy has a mission and a goal. His whole objective is to steal, kill, and destroy.

Obviously, this is not a job given him by God. Man, through Adam’s sin, gave his authority to Satan in the garden. He deceived these first people and set up shop.

Back to his job though, can you imagine how frustrating it would be? You just go through all the trouble of stealing, killing, and destroying then the awesome God, our Abba Daddy, comes in to give, resurrect, and restore.

As Jesus put it, “I came to give life with joy and abundance” (John 10:10 [VOICE]).

Everything the devil does, God turns it for our good. He uses every bit of difficulty, challenge, and shaking to conform us into the image of Jesus.

I so loved how Margaret Feinberg said it in Fight Back with Joy,

Make no mistake: I do not count cancer as a gift. As I squint through the darkness of these events, I have discovered gifts along the way. Friendships have been fortified. My relationship with Leif [her husband] brims with tenderness and affection that we never knew before. My spiritual life has been enriched by moments when God broke the silence in the midst of great affliction. (pg. 176)

God doesn’t like cancer, financial struggles, unemployment, addiction, or anything like that. He’s not giving those as “gifts” to teach you a lesson. You live in a world marred by sin that isn’t fully liberated yet, and though Romans 8 says God subjected creation to futility, it was in hope that true sons (which includes male and female) would arise and partner with Him to bring freedom.kids

You have a job too.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. –Romans 8:19-21 (VOICE)

To go through every struggle and find the joy, find the gift and grace of God–this is what you were created for. In strengthening and being strengthened, you’re unveiling a little more freedom. God didn’t cause the pain, but He will reveal Himself in the big, fat middle of it and see that you overcome.

The devil can do his worst, but it will never stand up to God’s best.

I realize that can sound cliche when you’re going through hell, but there’s hope in it. It may not be over yet, but it will be over and you will stand with God, victorious. With God, you get the best job.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel like you excel or fall short in these things?


fbwj-buttonWelcome to week 13 of our discussion of Fight Back with Joy (disclosure) by Margaret Feinberg. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

12 Comments

  1. Wow… I never thought of it like that, but that’s spot on! I never need to complain about my job ever again!

    Wise words, my friend. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Ha! Thanks so much, Floyd. 🙂

  2. The devil can do his worst but it will never stand up to God’s best. oh yeah!!!
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    • Hard to remember that at times, but it’s still true! Thank you, Bill.

  3. Wonderful reminder that Satan may win some battles, but he’s definitely lost the war! God has us covered in the good times and the bad.
    Blessings, Jason!
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    • He never leaves or forsakes us. What a great God! Thank you, Martha. 🙂

  4. I often struggle with finding joy in my circumstances because as shared today, I often remain bogged down in my circumstances more than I remain in Christ.

    We can only successfully find true joy by remaining in Him.

    • That really spoke to me from your post as well. I can easily do the same. The day in and day out, the struggle, the fight, the trauma--it can feel like it’s part of your identity. Yet… we are in Christ. So much hope in that! Thanks Dusty.

  5. First of all, I never thought of Satan’s job like this. Gives me a strange sense of joy. This makes twice, in one week, the God has reminded me that the devil weaves troubles and God reweaves them I to triumphs. (Joseph is an example)

    For me the struggle comes in the waiting. It took Joesph 20 years to see the good God was working. That’s tough to swallow for someone who is in any kind of pain and wants out.

    And yet, I know that God is always working. He gives us glimpses at times. We must look harder, and listen more closely for those good things.

    This part of the book also stood out to me as well. I found it encouraging. It also helped me to be “okay” with not liking some of the hardships I face/faced. It was kind of a relief to realize that I don’t have to be happy about them to be grateful for what they have produced in my life.

    In other words, I hate what the devil does, but am grateful for the way God turns it all around and brings good from it.

    I just lost my youngest sister. The circumstances were tragic. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel real to me. But, it is and it leaves such a heaviness.

    Within days of the loss I picked up this book and stared at the cover. The word “defiant” flashed like a beacon in the night. It takes defiant faith, defiant joy, defiant courage to make it in this world. Why? Because this world defies all that God originally had planned.

    But He’s working all of Satan’s defiant schemes into something good that brings Him glory. I know I’m going to have to tell myself this a billion more times to remain encouraged.

    Thank YOU for this post which was additional confirmation of what God is saying and doing!

    • First off, you bless me tremendously with this encouragement, Melinda. 🙂 Secondly, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you’ve been so many difficulties and challenges. May God bless you and keep you in the waiting for His FULL restoration. Thanks so much for sharing your honest searching, Melinda.

  6. I have to agree with Dusty, except with one difference: my circumstances bog me down so much that I haven’t been able to find the joy I once had. But we all go through the shadow of the valley of death, so I know this shall pass…just wondering when????

    • We don’t have the same issues or struggles, but believe me, I know what you mean. When… How long? Big questions that I don’t have answers to. Praying for you, Ed! May you experience His presence and joy to a greater measure than you’ve ever known. Blessings to you, brother.

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