Moving Into Double Blessing.
“And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10
Job was in a seriously bad situation and was going through the most terrible and painful experience in his life. It was such that he lost the joy of living.
Can you imagine what happened to Job? If he lost just his business, the children would have consoled him. If he lost just a child, he would have taken solace in the others. But one after the other, his entire business empire collapsed, all his children (without an exception) died and his wife left him. One would have expected that at a time like that in his life, his friends should give him the necessary support, but rather than do that they judged him and told him to his face that he was suffering because of his sins.
(Job 34: 7 – 8) “What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? 8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men”.
Job felt betrayed by his close companions, and so became bitter towards them. Notice God’s approach to resolving the issue – He instructed those friends of Job to go to Job for prayers. Also for Job himself to get restored he had to get rid of his bitterness and to do that, he had to act in love towards those who had hurt him. Love is not touchy or fretful or resentful, it takes no account of the evil done to it, it pays no attention to a suffered wrong. God demands that we forgive others in order to enjoy His mercy and grace in our lives as well.
Get rid of every bitterness in your hearts, Job was blessed only after he had prayed for his friends. To move on into God’s double blessings and restoration in your life, you must forgive and start praying for those who hurt you.
Further Reading: Job 34: 7-8, Luke 6:37, 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 5
Daily Bible Reading: Morning-Genesis 23-24; Evening-Matthew 7
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