Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (365 words)
Job 42:10 (ESV): "10 And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before."
God is the King of restoration. There is no brokenness too great or desolation too vast that God can't fully restore. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever hope or dream of. Don't give up, look up, and trust the God who restores.
As we come to a close in the book of Job God teaches Job an invaluable lesson, that no matter what is taken away in this life God is able to give back far more. Not only does God restore the fortunes of Job to twice as much as he had previously, giving him more children and more livestock than ever before but Job now has a far greater understanding of who the Restorer is.
The greatest gift Job received was the understanding that God is always with Him and will see Him through everything in this life including death. It's less about the things Job gained in the end and more about the lessons he learned.
Don't undervalue the richness of the valley Christian. God is at work in us through it all. May we say with all our hearts "it is well with my soul" and trust the process of restoration. God will restore you. Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the sign of the restoration promise we've been given.
God is teaching us invaluable lessons that will translate into eternity. Don't despise them, learn from them, and trust that whatever they cost you God will multiply as He restores. Amen?
Father, thank You for the book of Job and for what it teaches us about suffering and restoration. You are with us always in every trial and tribulation using the evil of the enemy for our good. Remind us when we encounter these various trials to "consider it pure joy" for You are teaching us more about who we are and who You are. Transform us then restore us we pray in Jesus mighty name, amen.