January 12, 2024

Job 42:10-17 (HCSB)
God Restores Job 10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his prosperity and doubled his previous possessions.  11 All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances  came to his house and dined with him in his house. They sympathized with him and comforted him concerning all the adversity the Lord had brought on him. Each one gave him a qesitah and a gold earring. 12 So the Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the first. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, his second Keziah, and his third Keren-happuch.  15 No women as beautiful as Job’s daughters could be found in all the land, and their father granted them an inheritance with their brothers. 16 Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 Then Job died, old and full of days.

Pastor HD Jones
I think we can oversimplify the story of Job if we say God restored Job in all his material wealth and that in some way filled the hurt he had experienced.  Can one child replace another?  Is the loss any less for a widow just because she is blessed to remarry?  While it is comforting to note that God restored Job in all the areas where Satan had attacked him, it is short sighted to say… I lost 1 dollar but got 3 dollars in return.  The bigger picture is that God is enough and once we get our lives positioned on Him then this other stuff seems to follow.  More important than the joys of this temporal world are the everlasting joys we can have in Christ.  So, where is your treasure?  Are you holding tight to the things of this world or are you seeking to please God? Hymns resonate with me… “when we walk with the Lord, in the light of His word, what a glory He sheds on our way.  While we do His good will, He abides with us still…And with all who will trust and obey… there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey”.

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