The Lord’s Blessing
In the same way, each one of us will have to choose the hard thing of fellowship with him in His cross. That is if we are to experience our union with Him as the firstborn from the dead and share in the anointing that He received and sit together with Him on His Father’s throne.
After everything was said and done, “the Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.” Job had said that the Lord had put all of his acquaintances far from him, and now the Lord brings them back! “All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house.” They are evidently no longer afraid of partaking with an evildoer.
Now Job was given the sympathy that was so manifestly absent during his time of suffering so that his recent self-renunciation is put to the test. The Lord chose the very ones who had forsaken him in his hour of need to minister to him. Yeah, just like you, I wonder where they were before. But now that things are more “rosy,” they are willing to come alongside Job.
All of his wealth, sheep, cattle and camels were not only restored, but also doubled in numbers. He also received sons and daughters again.
Obviously, this time of restoration took many months and years, (I mean the kids didn’t just “appear,” did they?), although his trial only lasted a few months (see Job 7:3). The details of the restoration are brief although every sentence conveys the fact of the unclouded favor of God.
I am sure Job must have sat back and thought, “What can I say? He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul . . . Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish” (Isaiah 38:15-17).
I am also convinced that Job walked with the Lord after all this with a deeper sense of awe and a greater sensitivity to the sinfulness of sin. During this time, he learned to know himself. From this time on, his heart was softened and his attitude tamed as he carried in his spirit the same marks that Jacob carried in his body after he wrestled with God at Peniel.
Job lived another 140 years “being old and full of days,” even living to see his “children and their children to the fourth generation,” which, according to his culture was another special mark of Divine favor. He had passed through the fire, and had only lost the things that could not survive the heat, while everything that was worth keeping survived into eternal life.
We also have not been told anything else about the adversary. However, we know that he is still “going back and forth in the earth, walking up and down in it” attacking with unceasing subtlety the servants of the Lord. Yet, again and again, he is over-reaching himself in that God’s people are being brought through the trials of their faith into a deeper and richer knowledge of God. And that my friends, is well worth any hassles from the devil.
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