The series of attacks were the sufferings Job underwent when he was first tempted. In the attacks, satan only aimed at Job’s possessions and his sons and daughters and did not do harm to Job himself, as commanded by God. But Job instantly turned from a rich man of great wealth into a man with nothing. No one can bear such a blow like a thunderbolt or face it properly. Job, however, showed his transcendence. The scripture describes it this way: Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and worshipped. This was Job’s first reaction when he heard that all his possessions and his sons and daughters were lost. First of all, he did not show any surprise or panic, much less any anger or hatred. It can be seen that he was sure within that all the calamities were not accidental or from man’s hand, much less were they retribution or punishment coming upon him, but rather, it was that Jehovah’s trial came upon him, and that Jehovah wanted to take away his property and his sons and daughters. Job at that time was very quiet in his heart and was very sober-minded, and his perfect and upright humanity caused him to make a right judgment and decision rationally and naturally on the calamities he encountered. So, he acted extraordinarily calm: He arose, rent his mantle, shaved his head, and fell down on the ground and worshipped.
The Integrity Job Held Fast Made Satan Ashamed and Disgraced and Flee in Panic
The word “the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” was the testimony Job bore for God. It was this common word that made satan frightened and ashamed and disgraced and flee in panic, and even more caused satan to be at its wits’ end. It was also this word of Job that made satan feel the wonderfulness and power of Jehovah God’s deeds, also made satan see the transcendent charm of a man who had God’s way rule in his heart, and even more made satan see the powerful life force that a small man displayed for the sake of holding fast the way of “fearing God and shunning evil.”