We finished reading the book of Job today. Our favorite verse in the book tells of God giving Job “double for his trouble.”
Job 42:10, “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Modern English Version
There are two things that God showed me: 1) His fortunes were not restored until after he prayed for his friends, and 2) God did the restoring.
God is our vindicator, (see Isaiah 54:17). When we are falsely accused, as Job was, we will not find restoration from our accusers. When God is our vindicator we do not have to file a “Defamation of Character Lawsuit.” God takes care of that for us.
Psalms 119:42, “Then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word.” New International Version
We don’t understand why God causes good men like Job to walk through a trial of fire. We don’t understand our trials. But the response is the same in both situations.
Speak the Word!
Find verses in the Bible that speak to your situation and recite those verses every day. Pray those verses over the situation. When the problem comes to your thoughts, ignore it, and speak the verses instead of allowing worry into your life.
God is in control. Rehoboam took poor advice and didn’t listen to the people. Ten tribes followed Jeroboam because the cause was from the Lord, (see 1 Kings 12:15).
2 Chronicles 10:15, “The king did not listen to the people, for the event occurred because of God, that the Lord might establish His word that He spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.” Modern English Version
God honors His Word. When God vindicates us, he adds beauty for ashes. Job 42:13-15 tells of the sons and daughters born to Job after his testing.
Females were a possession, a bartering chip, and a way to increase riches or make political alliances. Most genealogy lists named the first son; not all sons, and they didn’t bother to record the number of daughters born, let alone their names!
But Job’s daughter’s were beautiful. Their beauty was famous. Their names are in the Bible. The names of Job’s sons, born before and after his testing, are not recorded! They received an inheritance along with their brothers.
“…Jemimah means ‘dove.’ Keziah means ‘cinnamon.’ Keren Happuch means ‘container of antimony’ (see note on Jeremiah 4:30).” New International Version Study Bible Notes on Job 42:14
“Antimony, a black powder used to enlarge the eyes and make them more attractive.” New International Version Study Bible Notes on Jeremiah 4:30
When God vindicates you He gives:
- Peace – Your sleep is sweet.
- Spice – He fills you with good things.
- Larger eyes – You can hold your head high and look out confidently.
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