I have always heard that problems, trials or trouble come in threes. If the car recently broke down and the dryer is broken, I am on the lookout for the third issue. I know it’s coming somewhere down the line, and when it comes, I am finally relieved.
In Job Chapter 1, verse 14, Job gets the first bit of bad news— the loss of his oxen, donkeys and the servants attending them. It is immediately followed up with two more accounts of loss of property and servants. But Job’s problems do not stop at three. In verse 19, Job is finally informed that all 10 of his adult children are dead. When a father loses a single child it’s devastating, but the loss of all his children is incomprehensible! Verse 20 tells us that ”Job stood up and tore his robe in grief.” However, Job does not sin by blaming God. Instead, he praises him.
This is how the devil attacks us. He starts with a small problem and then adds to it—problems on top of trials and tribulations. He attempts to overwhelm our soul just as the flood waters overwhelm a city. He comes from many directions at once in a concerted effort to crush our spirit.
So…..Be alert, be on guard, be ever vigilant for the devil, your enemy, “is going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on” (Job 1:7), looking for the opportunity to destroy your soul by attacking you, attempting to make you disillusioned with your circumstances and ultimately to see you “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Remember, you are not alone in your troubles. Matthew 20:28 tells us “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We are not alone in our troubles! Praise God!