Job 42: 12, 13

The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.  He also had seven sons and three daughters.  Job 42: 12, 13

As you read the last chapter of the Book of Job, you are captivated by three main thoughts.  First, you see transformation in Job’s character, from one who tries to justify himself to one who sees the glory of God and repents in dust and ashes (Job 42:6).  He comes forth with genuine faith that is like gold “tested by fire” (1 Peter 1:7).  Second, there is vindication of Job before his friends, as God calls him “My servant” (Job 42:7, 8) and calls on Job to pray for them.  Finally, there is restoration to Job of all his former prosperity and indeed far more.  The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had beforehand (v.10); Job is vindicated and rewarded.  Because this is a real account of God’s dealings with a man, its meaning is profound.  Remember, the story of Job is a divinely intended object lesson through which we are meant to apprehend certain great truths pertaining to the trials of the godly.


Whatever we go through is for our good and God’s glory.  Our spiritual growth does not come when everything is going well, but in times of testing when we must turn our eyes on God and trust Him for the results.  Sometimes what we go through is for our own growth; sometimes we shed tears to water someone else’s garden.  Always know that there is a reason, and the Lord will bring us through.  We will be better and stronger because of it.  This world is not our home, but in Christ we are rich, and one day we will be with Him forever!  Remember, after Job’s trial, God gave him twice as much materially as he had beforehand.  He gave him the same amount of children, and there were already sever sons and daughters waiting for him in heaven.  God is good and he knows what you need – keep the faith!

Dear Lord, You have given me far more than I deserve to have.  You have blessed me with Your love, grace, presence, and salvation.  Help me realize how very rich I am in Christ, and help me be thankful for all I have.  Lord, help me focus on the truths that one day I will be with You and that today I am called to be Your servant who brings glory to Your name.   In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Doctor Rob Zinn, Highlands, CA