Job Repents and Is Restored

Proper 25 (30) (October 28, 2012)

Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

42 Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do anything,
    and no one can stop you.
You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’
    It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about,
    things far too wonderful for me.
You said, ‘Listen and I will speak!
    I have some questions for you,
    and you must answer them.’
I had only heard about you before,
    but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
I take back everything I said,
    and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

10 When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! 11 Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money and a gold ring.

12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. 14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. 15 In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers.

16 Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren.17 Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.

Isn’t is amazing when we realize that God is God and we are not?  This is the point that Job has finally reached.  Job realizes that he has no answers for God’s questions.  Job repents of his attitude – Job realizes who God really is.

It’s even more amazing that after all the trials that Job goes through, God not only restores him – restoring everything Job lost, but doubled up on what Job had lost.

About a week ago, I wrote about negative splits as it is related to running, which means that you run the second half of a race faster than the first.  In Job’s life, he ran the second half of his life better than the first half of his life.  I encourage you to press on – even when the going gets tough.

Job died an old man with many children and grandchildren – living a full life. Pressing On!

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