Repentance and Restoration
Scripture reading for June 3rd: Job 40-42
“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)
The story of Job has a happy ending. Job is healed and restored and finds a deeper walk with God. His trial has worked humility into his life and a new trust in God. God never answered his questions of why, but Job now knows that he can walk by faith and trust God in everything. God came to Job in the storm and questioned him intensely about many things. This experience revealed the greatness of God and His amazing abilities to do things that are beyond the scope of man. Job had a new appreciation of God’s greatness and His justice. He realized that God did not need an adviser, but could handle things very well alone.
After the questioning, Job repented in dust and ashes for speaking presumptuously. (Job 42:2-6) He had come to a new appreciation for God. God instructed the friends to make sacrifices and have Job pray for them. They obeyed God and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. After praying, God restored Job with twice as much as before. He got back double in sheep, camels, and oxen. He had ten more children as well. (Job 42:12-15) This was also double, because he would see those who had died again in heaven!
Job was a man of faith who stayed true to God even in this terrible trial. It worked out for good because Job truly did love God and desired to serve him. He sought God throughout the trial and He answered him. Job stands as an example to us of the reward of faith and patience in the face of trials. The Lord is compassionate and merciful and will take care of those who stay true. Job’s faith statement proved true, “But He knows the way that I take; and when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10) What an assurance for us as we face trials here!