SEPARATING THE SPIRITUAL FROM THE PHYSICAL
THE HIDDEN MEANING
In these next scriptures, we at VAL-TE’ offer our belief in that other believers all over the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him, to destroy him without cause.” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” Job 2: 1-6 NKJV
ARROWS – He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver. I became the laughingstock of all my people; they mock me in song all day long. He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall. He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust. I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD.” Lamentations 3: 13-18 NIV
Jeremiah 9: 7-9 – … The LORD says that his people reject him. Because of this the LORD Almighty says, “I will refine my people like metal and put them to the test. My people have done evil – what else can I do with them? Their tongues are like deadly arrows; they always tell lies. Everyone speaks friendly words to their neighbors, but they are really setting a trap for them. Will I not punish then for these things? Will I not take revenge on a nation like this? GNT
Satan’s Test – We at VAL-TE’ also believe, because the Lord corrects everyone He loves, and punishes everyone He accepts as a child. Endure what you suffer as being a father’s punishment; your suffering shows that God is treating you as His children. Growing up, I didn’t know there were ever a child who was not terrified to be punished by his father? In the case of our human fathers, they punished us and we respected them. How much more, then, should we submit to our spiritual Father and live! Our human fathers punished us for a short time, as it seemed right to them; but God does it for our own good, so that we may share in His way of life.