Job's Response Brings Freedom
Job 42:10, "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."
We come to the point when God turns the captivity (the time of trials) in Job to the time of renewed mercy and pity. Job turned his attention from his own trials, was humble before God, and became others-focused. At that moment the bible states the LORD turned the captivity of Job. In the end, the man had twice as much as at the beginning. What an awesome God we serve and what an example the man Job is to us. We have the balance God wants us to have in viewing this book with the commentary found in James 5:11, "BEHOLD, WE COUNT THEM HAPPY WHICH ENDURE. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." Patience and enduring go together. The word patience means much more than mere waiting. It has the idea of being steadfast. In the New Testament patience is the characteristic of a man who does not detour from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings. Job is such a man!
And our God is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. Psalm 30:5 says, "... his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Resolve to remain faithful to God always, the difficult moments are temporary, and they will pass.
Your Friend and HIS,
QUESTIONS TO PONDER
1. Has there been a time in your life that required endurance? Explain what it was like and what you learned.
2. Describe how God was merciful to Job?
3. How would you explain living in His favour as mentioned in Psalm 30:5?