Will a Man Serve God for Nothing?
(Facing the Giants—This sermon would probably lend itself well to the clip where Coach Taylor is talking to the team and says, "It means we've got to give Him our best in every area. And if we win, we praise Him; and if we lose, we praise Him. Either way, we honor Him with our actions and our attitudes." Ron Dunn deals with this issue on a much deeper level looking at the life of Job. But FTG could open up the question of, "Will a man serve God regardless of the outcome?")
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, "From where do you come?" Then Satan answered the Lord and said, "From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it." And the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil." (Job 1:6-8, NASB)
Now those were the words of God, not Job's publicist or his mother. And God repeated them later in the book. Satan replied by asking, "Does Job fear God for nothing?" The word nothing in the Hebrew means "out of favor." It speaks of an ulterior motive. In other words, the devil can't understand why anyone would serve God in the first place. So when he sees someone serving God, he's always suspicious of that person's motives. So he said, "Yeah, I know about Job. I know that You've blessed him. I know that You've increased his substance in the land. You've made him the richest man in the East. Not only that, but You've also built a hedge around him so that nothing can touch him or all that he has." The devil insinuated that Job wasn't serving God for nothing—there had to be a payoff. He thought God had given Job "the Midas touch" and protected all that He gave Job.
Satan thought he knew the truth about Job. Basically he told God: "If You were to stretch forth Your hand and touch ...
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