“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God
for nought?” Job 1:9
and No. Job was good for nothing. The devil suspected otherwise.
The devil was sure that Job only appeared to “fear God and eschew
evil.” He suggested that Job was not as interested in God as he was in
“Take away his things,” he suggested, “and he will
curse you.” The idea was that God had so blessed Job that it was easy
for him to live piously. Poverty would change that, the evil one
predicted. When that was not enough to “break” God’s servant, the
enemy, to poverty added pain.
Job was reduced to a heap of brokenness in a
matter of hours. Job had nothing left. Now the world would find out
that there are certain men and women who are indeed “good for
There are many people who are “good” for something,
that is, they will act right if there is “something” in it for them.
When people have prosperity, it is easy to appear good. When the
policeman is walking his beat, the delinquents appear to be angels.
They are “good” for good reason. When the lights went out in New York
in 1977 chaos broke out in many neighborhoods. People ripped the metal
gates off store fronts and stole whatever they could carry away.
When gas was in short supply during the same
period, many people became “down right ugly.” In the ghetto, no one is
more dangerous than the person who has “nothing to lose.” The truth is
that there is “none good, no not one.” That is the default position of
every son of Adam.
There is however a thing called “Amazing
Grace,” and that is something. It changes sinful hearts and
makes them new. It replaces a “love for the world and the things of the
world” with a love for God. It creates a new race of “born again”
creatures, who like Job (by the grace of God) are glad to be “good for
nothing.” Now that's something!