7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
-Why was Satan walking up and down in the earth? Satan knew, God knew, and thanks to Peter, we know as well; “the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) What did the Lord do when confronted with Satan here in Job 1? The Lord directed Satan to one that He knew would be able to withstand Satan’s assault. Of course the Lord did this so that His name would be honored, but consider another reason. What kinds of prey will a lion inevitably seek after- the weakest kind. There could have been any number of “weaker prey” out there who perhaps would have fainted under Satan’s attack; the Lord in His mercy steered this evil lion away from them and instead pointed him toward someone that the Lord knew would stay close to Him and so “be able to withstand in the evil day”. (Ephesians 6:13) Remember that the next time you face a trial; you may be under attack so that someone else could be spared.