Restoration of Job
Scripture reading for June 3rd: Job 40-42
Finally, we come to the end of this long book of endless arguments concerning the nature of suffering, God’s character and justice, and God’s ability to work out everything according to the counsel of His Word. God continues His questioning of Job, who is now under conviction of being unworthy to say any more. (Job 40:4-5) Job was to brace himself and give God some answers. The first question was: “Would you discredit my justice?” The next related to the first: “Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?” (Job 40:8)
Curiously, God then begins to direct Job’s attention to two of the most fierce animals. Behemoth is a fierce land animal that is perhaps the hippopotamus or elephant. Leviathon is a fierce water creature that is perhaps the crocodile or fire-breathing dragon. These two animals bring fear to the hearts of men because of their power and ability to dominate. But at the end, God says that there is nothing on earth that is these creatures’ equal–a creature without fear. He is king of all that are proud! What is God talking about? Why this discussion of these fearful animals? Could it be that God is teaching Job about Satan and his downfall, pride?
Job repents and comes to a new understanding of God’s greatness and trustworthiness. God instructs the friends to offer sacrifice and have Job pray for them to avert God’s judgment. Elihu is not mentioned. We are not told why. After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored Job to his former prosperity and gave him double all that he had lost. (Job 42:10) Job had seven more sons and three daughters. This is the same as before and implies that he would see his others in heaven as well! God does everything well!
This story has a happy ending and teaches us all valuable lessons of faith and trust in God. We won’t always have all the answers and we must be careful when trying to help those going through trial and affliction. We certainly don’t want to become like Job’s comforters! We can be thankful that God is in control and that He is merciful and answers prayer. We can also rest assured that God will work everything for good to those who love Him and keep the faith!
“Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” James 5:10-11