NO! We are NOT just “pawns” in some giant, metaphysical “game” between God and Satan! We are, however, created beings who should have the appropriate response to our Creator, that is, love and trust for the One who loves us and Who has control over all the forces around us. He is the One who is in control – not us! And definitely, NOT Satan!
Does the Story of Job teach us that we don't really matter in God's eyes? What about "the challenge", are we just pawns in God's "game"?
The Challenge: During a “Heavenly Council” meeting, “The Adversary” challenged God that Job would not continue to be righteous if God took everything away from him that Job enjoyed. God accepted the challenge and disaster struck Job (Job 1:6-12).
What’s your opinions?
Well, it’s worse than that. God TELLS SATAN “Hey, have you considered my righteous man, Job?”
God actually points Job OUT!
Job 1:7-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 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.” 8 The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” 9 Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 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. 11 But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.
Here’s how I have come to understand it in my head. This means it is far more difficult to apply in my life. However it’s usually wise for me to do so.
God is the Almighty, the Lord of Lord and King of Kings, the Omnipotent and Omniscient and Omnipresent Being. I and all humans are but creations of His.
Isaiah 45:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 “Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—
An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth!
Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
Romans 9:20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?
If we were questioning the acts of a human leader or even King, then we could argue about how good or not good the human leader or King’s deeds are. But we are talking about GOD, not man.
And I won’t give away the end. Except to say, God could easily tell Satan “I told you so.”
No, God takes care of us really seriously. His willing is good always. Trust in Him.