• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 13, 2021

Daily Reading: Job 40-42

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.

So it ends. Job’s story is all but over, yet it will never be forgotten. His experience has been the topic of conversation wherever people gather to study their Bible. His faithfulness is admirable, his patience is unbelievable, and his final state is profitable. Not only did the Lord double back again all that this man lost. He personally came away blessed in several different ways.

One is that his friends learned to be careful about their words and accusations. Would we be so wise?

Two, Job said in 42:5, I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. He had an interlude with the Lord God in Heaven, and he was probably never the same.

Third, a long-standing fear in Job’s life was assuaged by this entire episode. This is known because of that which he said in 3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. Job learned that which he feared held no power over him, because his Lord was with him through it all.

Certainly, there are more, but let’s leave it at these. Perhaps in your life you have had others judge the situation of your life unfairly; learn from Job. Perhaps in your life you need to draw closer to the Lord; learn from Job. Perhaps in your life you are afraid of a certain thing; learn from Job. This is why his story is in the Book. It has been said that true wisdom is learning from the example of others. If this is true, learn from Job’s example.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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