Sunday rest–Forgiveness and Restoration

Dear brothers and sisters,

Greetings on this day of rest! Reflecting today on the trial of Job, we see that our Lord was and is good and that His plans to restore and bless His people are amazing. Job had lost everything over a period of time that is not defined for us, probably a year or more. He lost his children, in spite of praying and sacrificing for them regularly. He lost his wealth and possessions through theft, even though he was generous and did not worship his wealth or possessions. Then he lost his health and vigor when he should have been in his prime. In all this, Job did not curse God or accuse Him of wrongdoing.

As he experienced this trial, he was abandoned by his wife, who told him to ‘curse God and die.’ His three friends did come to sit with him in silence at first. But as they began to speak, they took up the taunt of our enemy the devil, accuser of the brethren. They accused him of harboring some unknown sin and of pride and arrogance. They told him he was being punished even less than he deserved. Job told them that they were ‘miserable comforters’! The young man, Elihu, also tried to offer wisdom but failed Job in telling him that God was clothed in awesome majesty, but that no one could find Him, especially those wise in their own conceit (like Job)! (Job 3:24)

But God does appear to Job and speaks personally to him out of a whirlwind. He questions Job and probes his lack of true understanding of God and His creation. Job repents of his own doubts and questions for God. God instructed Job to pray for his friends, forgiving them and blessing them. “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 This emphasized how important forgiveness is in our relationship with God and others who may wrong us. Job lived another 140 years and had ten more children and many grandchildren to the forth generation! God is Good! In His Love,  Pastor John

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