And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. (
Old battered furniture—a secretary, wardrobe and dresser from my wife’s mother and a dish cabinet from my grandmother—these came into our possession, were sent to a skilled craftsman who restored them, and now they adorn our home! Job was battered by the Devil with cruel blow after cruel blow. Looking at him, you would have said, “That’s it—he’s seen his best days.” Yet, there is a Master Restorer—God Almighty—that would not abandon him in the ash heap where Job sat! He is in the restoration business, and that is what He does with Job. God not only restored Job, He doubled his worth!
In this climactic conclusion of Job’s story we see HIS REPENTANCE (
Job 42:1-6). It was not sinful acts against God for which
he needed to repent. That was the false
accusation of his friends as time after time they assailed his character. They believed that Job’s sufferings had come
as Divine discipline for his sins, and if he would just repent then he would be
restored. That was not the case! God Himself testified to the righteousness of
His servant—having thrown down the gauntlet to Satan, concerning Job’s
integrity—which Job maintained even in the withering fire of trouble he
entered. What did happen, however, is
that as time went on, Job felt abandoned by God and sought answers. That is understandable, and not even
wrong. Somewhere along the way, this
moved from confusion to complaint—no longer desiring answers alone, but
demanding them! In the presence of a
Holy God, Who turns the tables and demands an answer from Job—and He has the
right—Job repents of his bitterness with brokenness.
There follows GOD’S REPROOF (
Job 42:7-9) God does not go so easy on Job’s
friends. They are facing His fury. When they ought to have comforted Job, they
instead condemned him. Thinking they
knew it all, they presumed to speak for God, when they knew very little, and
had no business becoming judges. God can
handle that Himself. The Lord is sick of
hearing them, and so asks Job to pray for them!
While I might have not wanted to pray for them after they way they had
been, Job again displays his spiritual excellence in his intercession. God hears and answers the prayer of his
servant Job. God always does—just not
always in the time and in the manner in which we expect.
Job didn’t get the answer to all his prayers, expressed throughout the book, as he wanted, but he got something better! We see HIS RESTORATION (v.10-17). God not only gave him as much as he lost—He doubled everything! You might protest—pointing out that is accurate except concerning the children he lost. God blessed him with the same number. NO—they were doubled too! Something is not lost if you know where it is! Job knew he had ten children in Heaven, and now God gives an additional ten—so that in glory the family circle would be twenty—double what he would have!
God is in the restoration business. Often we experience restoration in this vale of tears—the ultimate is coming in the city of gold! For the child of God, no matter how good or bad now—the best is always yet to be! Job’s story teaches that truth.