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Like Job, are we pawns in some sick game between Satan and God?

One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Job 1:6-12

Satan apparently has access to God and must report to him like some disgruntled manager. He has no power and must concede power on a regular basis to his boss.

In the story of Job, the Lord asked Satan if he’d heard of Job and his reputation. God seemed proud of him.

Satan said sure, Job's life was great, but only because God protected him. So God lifted the protection to show Satan that Job would remain blameless and upright with or without the hedge of protection and God's blessings.

Does this happen to us?  Does Satan ask to torment us and God allows it? 

Maybe. Maybe not.

Job was a test case to show that people will praise God even if they suffer.  God tried to prove a point to Satan early on in humanity's history. There’s no indication that God plays this game with all of us.

Did Satan understand the lesson?  Probably…or probably not.  If Satan didn’t understand the answer here, he’s not going to understand the answer 100 billion people later. 

Let’s not forget that God also protected and blessed Job.  God watched over Job throughout the most difficult time of his life. He even showered Job with more blessing when it was all over.

The point of Job’s story is that we suffer for some reason only God knows and we may or may not understand that reason in our lifetime.

But if God decided to use us as an example of righteousness to Satan, we should be honored instead of angry and set out to prove Satan wrong and God right.