God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? | Job 42:10-13
After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters.
Job survived. He endured the heartache, heart-break, physical pain, and the mostly bad counsel from his so-called friends. In today’s passage Job even prays for them! And God blessed Job by giving him twice as much as he had before. In fact, God blessed the latter part of his life more than the first.
Let’s make sure we understand what is happening. To some it might seem that God is making some kind of a pay back. I can hang with the replacement sheep, camels, oxen, and donkeys. But the sons and daughters? How can you replace children? How could that relieve the pain of loss? We have to understand here that God did not institute some kind of replacement plan such as we would purchase at Best Buy just in case our iPod broke. He is simply (and powerfully) rewarding Job for obedience.
Job had been through the ringer… to say the least. But throughout his shaken life he did not jettison God; he hung onto the Almighty for dear life. God’s blessings were not replacements for loss, but rewards for obedience. The human heart will always be tender to loss, tragedy, and pain. But when we follow God…even through the valleys…His strength during and after is always enough.
Father, thank You for being all we need wherever we are. Thank You for Your continued presences all along the journey. In Christ’s Name. Amen.