Saturday, 29 October 2016

The Lord restored

And the Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold. Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters - Job 42.10-12

At the end of all of Job’s testings and trials he got himself sorted out with God. He realised the purpose of his trials. He recognised that God was sovereign and knew best. He prayed for his friends.

And then God blessed Job by restoring all that he had lost and more. God restored twice what Job had had before.

Job’s story reminds me that we serve a wonderful God of restoration. God restored Job to his previous position. God restored His people when they wandered from Him. God restored the prodigal son to his father.

But the greatest restoration of all is yet to come. Man’s perfect relationship with God was broken by the sin of Adam and Eve. The perfection of Eden was replaced by the sin cursed broken world we live in today.

But our great Restorer has a future in store that will fix it all. The glory of Eden will be restored and more. God’s new heaven and new earth will make all that we are going through now pale. The glories of God’s restoration will make it worth it all.

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