Monday, October 09 2017
I finished reading the book of Job this morning. In doing so, I noticed something that I had read before, but it did not register with me like it did this morning. Has that ever happened to you? You have read the Bible and when you read it again, a single point jumps off the pages at you. Maybe, that is just me!
The story of Job is interesting. God offers him up to the trials and tribulalations of Satan. Job loses everything, but his wife and friends. His wife wanted him to curse God and die and the Bible says that his friends "have not spoken of me (God) the thing which is right, like my servant Job."
The Bible says, "The Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends." We may be praying for the wrong thing. Job's captivity or exile was changed not when he prayed for his situation, but for his friends. Also, Job did not have to provide the sacrifice that God demanded when he prayed for his friends, God told his friends "to take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering." The friends had to repent for their treatment of Job. It was Job's faithfulness that turned his captivity. When we are faithful, God will answer our prayers.
Psalm 6:9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
Psalm 6:10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.
When God turned Job's captivity, Job did not have to borrow or steal to get what had been taken. God restored it to him and not just what he had, but more.
Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Job 42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
Job 42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
God gave him twice as much and had others provide the start up capital. When we exit out of our trail expect the blessings of God because God will reward our faithfulness. Just hold on. You will have people that will sow doubt, but stay faithful. God will restore you not to where you were, but in a better place.
Have a great week!