“The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold.” - Job 42:10
To say that Job of Uz was having a horrible day is a tragic understatement. He was wealthy in every sense of the word— land and livestock by the thousands. He was a loving and protective father to his 10 children—even rising early in the morning following feasts to atone for any sins his children might have committed the night before. Spiritually, he was perhaps, next to Jesus, the purest man in the Bible. “He was a man of perfect integrity, who feared God and turned away from evil” (Job 1:1b). But Job lost it all in a day. Satan had sought to prove God wrong. Surely, every man on earth would turn their back on God. After all, isn't that the pattern we have seen from the very beginning of time? So God agreed to let Satan test Job. Job lost his livestock, his workers, and all of his children. And yet, Job worshiped God.
Despite the worst day of his life, Job fell to the ground in worship, “‘Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.’ Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God” (Job 1:21-22). In the end, God not only restored what Satan had taken away, He doubled it. Job had 10 more children and lived 140 years longer to see four generations of descendants. God gave Job the gift of restoration. The Christian life is never guaranteed to be painless or easy, but the same God who restored Job, can restore your life as well. If only we are willing to follow His leading.
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