There is mystery in the apparent tension between an attack of Satan and the sovereignty of God. It converged in the severe trials that fell on the godly man named Job (Job 1,2).
Acting on permission from God, Satan attacked Job by using a combination of human malice (the Chaldeans and Sabeans attacked) and natural disaster (the fire of God fell from the heavens; a mighty wind swept in).
In one sweeping moment of his life, Job lost his livelihood, his associates, and his children. Later he lost his health and the faithful support of his wife.
What must be understood is that Satan acted only on God’s permission. And to take matters to another level, when Satan finished his attack against Job, God took responsibility saying to Satan, “although you incited me against him (Job) to ruin him without any reason” (Job 2:3).
It is equally notable that Job himself did not attribute his calamity to secondary causes. In worship, he said, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away,” “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (1:21; 2:10).
Satan is a creature in rebellion against his Creator. Although Satan hopes to take the place of God, the word from the Lord is clear, “I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God” (Isaiah 45:5).
How does his story end? – “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.”
Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”
“After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. ‘ So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.
The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.
After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job died, an old man and full of years (Job 42).