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. Job 42:10
The bible described Job as a good man Job 1:1, and God confirmed that “There is no one on earth like him. He is a good, faithful man. He respects God and refuses to do evil.” Job 1:8 ERV
However, Job lost everything, not because he was unrighteous, but rather as proof of his righteousness.
Job experienced excruciating pain both physically and emotionally. He was so terribly disfigured, his three friends did not recognize him from afar -Job 2:12 AMP. In fact, when they realized that the creature before them was their friend Job, the men tore their clothes, put ashes on their heads in grief, and wept.
These friends, who came to sympathize and comfort Job, however, turned around and added to his grief by misrepresenting the heart of God towards Job. Eliphaz, for example, stated: Why does God blame and punish you? Is it because you worship him? No, it is because you sin so much. You never stop sinning Job 22:4 ERV. He was a friend, yet, Eliphaz, in his wisdom, and possibly trying to explain what was happening to his friend, concluded that Job was a vile sinner and God was punishing him.
I guess it is easier to conclude that every crisis we face is a result of our sin, which sometime it is…. but not always. Sometimes, it is a test. Sometimes it is a learning opportunity. Sometimes God is working out something in us. Whatever the reason for your crisis, I pray “That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ“. 2 Thessalonians 1:12
God was never punishing His faithful servant (Job 1:8). Job may have felt alone and may not have understood what was happening to his life, but God was never punishing him. It was all a test to see if he, when facing the greatest crisis of his life, would curse God. However, Job refused to sin against God, even when his wife told him to “curse God and die” -Job 2:9. The bible tells us, “…In all this did not Job sin with his lips” Job 2:10b.
The words of Job’s friends incurred God’s anger. God delights in the truth, and the things they were saying about Him were not “right”. However, even in His anger, God was merciful, providing a way for Job’s friends to be redeemed. He told them to offer a sacrifice and then to go and ask Job, the one who was wounded, to intercede or to mediate between them and God- Job 42:8.
Jesus was and is still our Mediator.
The scripture tells us that after Job prayed for his friends, God turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes.
Winston Churchill is reported to have said, “never let a good crisis go to waste”. Through his “crisis”, Job received a revelation of God – “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: But now mine eye seeth thee”- Job 42:7. Compare with Ephesians 1:17.
Job learnt to hope in God’s justice both in this life and in the next – Job 19:25-27. Verse 25 in the ERV states- I know that there is someone to defend me and that he lives! And in the end, he will stand here on earth and defend me.
His crisis brought him to a place of humility before God- Job 42: 6 “Therefore I retract [my words and hate myself] And I repent in dust and ashes.”
Psalm 119:71 NLT tells us “My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees“. We should not allow our suffering go to waste. May we find God in the midst of our crisis.
Despite his challenges, Job remained confident in the faithful, just God. Even though he could not understand why he was suffering he continued to trust God and hope in Him. Job 42:25-26 AMPC “For I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives, and at last He [the Last One] will stand upon the earth. And after my skin, even this body, has been destroyed, then from my flesh or without it I shall see God,”
Prayer: Thank you Father for your faithfulness toward us. We pray that You will help us to always see You, even when the world appears to be falling around us, and Lord, please help us not to be too quick to condemn your servants, but give us the wisdom to know when to correct in love, and always to bring comfort and encouragement. We give You praise. Amen