When the average person hears the term allowance, it usually refers to a parent giving a child a weekly allotment of money. This weekly or monthly gift is designed to teach young people personal responsibility. This child rearing technique enables children to save their money over a period of time to buy something valuable. However, the Bible introduces another form of allowance that is controversial and difficult to grasp.
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head, Job 2:4-7.
According to the first two chapters of the book of Job, God and Satan have a couple of unusual conversations. Since Job mentions walking with dinosaurs later on in this Old Testament book, the context occurs sometime after creation yet before the flood. Based upon the power displayed in chapter 1, Satan is either serving as an angel of death or using the authority taken from Adam after the fall. Essentially, this form of allowance permits an archangel like Satan or fallen angel to seek permission to inflict pain and suffering.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death, James 1:13-15.
The earthly brother of Jesus further expands upon this form of allowance. James reveals how allowance influences temptation. Yet, one thing is made clear, God does not tempt human beings. Rather, God allows temptation to occur under specific conditions as described in Job 2:4-7. If you ever wonder why certain trials fall upon some and escape others, time may reveal these answers. Nonetheless, don’t take for granted the hedge of protection that appears when prayers from saints cover your life. Ultimately, the Lord gives and takes away based upon the allowance that occurs during heavenly conversations.
by Jay Mankus