Job: before and after

Job is the one person in the Bible who many see as the example of long-suffering. Not many seem to remember the rest of his story.

In the beginning of the book Job, Satan comes to God, (Job 1:6-12) “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”

Then in the next few verses, Job’s whole world falls apart around him. He loses his children, his crops, everything. For the next forty chapters or so, Job listens to friends tell him how wrong and cursed he is and listens to his wife, who tells him he would be better off dead.

Yet, Job learns how God’s hand created everything and in the end Job says, (Job 42:5) “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;“. Job had heard about God’s goodness before, but now he personally experienced God’s goodness.

In the final verses of Job, God restored all that Job had lost –times two. God knew the end from the beginning. He knew that Job would be faithful when others told him to turn from God. Job knew that the God he had heard about was worth following and in the end Job experienced the proof.

As calamity comes through loss or poor advice, remember to turn to God for clarity. He will always direct your feet to the right path. He is the God who restores, (Joel 2:25) “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.”

Trust Him.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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