Beaver Dams and Dammed up Lives
“The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job?” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.” – Job 1:7-10
Dr. Johnny Hunt is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock Georgia. In 2004, he wrote a book titled, “Building a Spiritual Resume.” In the book, he compares the actions of a beaver to the actions of Satan. I want to share a few things that I learned from reading this comparison.
What do beavers do? Beavers dam up rivers that offer life-giving waters. The waters flow is restricted by what the beavers have built, thus causing the land with the beautiful river running through it to start dying and drying up. In like fashion, there are beavers today that attempt to dam up our lives. Who are these beavers? It is Satan and his demons. Satan and his army of fallen angels want to dam up your life so that it becomes unproductive. Just like beavers work fervently to gather fallen trees and branches to build dams, so too do Satan and his demons, as they try to throw everything in your path to restrict your life for the Lord. You need to realize that Satan is an “eager beaver!” He is not inactive; rather he is active! He is walking about seeking who he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). Consider our text above. The Lord asked Satan, where have you been? Satan answered and said, “From roaming about on the earth, and from walking around on it.” Just by pondering upon these words of Satan, we learn something about his character; he is active, and he is on the prowl. It is also worth noting that he was aware of Job, and knew who he was. God asked him if he had considered Job. Satan not only knew him, but also had his own explanation of why Job was so godly! Satan said, “The only reason Job is your faithful servant is because you take care of him and protect him and bless him. Turn on him, and he will curse you and deny you!” Bottom line; Satan is evil. Satan is a liar. Satan is a vicious murderer. But he certainly is not lazy and inactive!
If you think that Satan is lies dormant in Hell, think again. He is not in Hell. He will be there one day, but he is not there yet. He is on this earth as an active destroyer. He is like a roaring lion (I Peter 5:8). And because of his presence on this earth, every day that you and I live is a constant battle (Ephesians 6:12). Furthermore, Satan is aware of you just like he was aware of our friend Job. He wants you to blow your witness and lose your testimony for the Lord like he wanted Job to. He also has a plan to attack you in an attempt to cause you to falter. Be ready! You say, “How can I be ready?” You can be ready for the battle that lies ahead by strapping on the armor of God (Ephesians 6). Put on the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation. Carry the shield of faith. Have the sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) in your hand ready to fight! Finally, know that the victory has already been won by Christ Jesus. Henry Blackaby said, “We should not be frightened by or preoccupied with whom Jesus defeated and disarmed (Colossians 2:15). The vanquished foe, however, is the father of lies, and he tries to lure us into a phantom battle that Christ has already won.”
We know the rest of the story; Job stayed upright for God. Oh that our lives would resemble Job’s life in that we stand firm on our faith in God!
– Pastor Eric