Job 42:1-13, 15-17, Common English Bible
Patience is the discipline of waiting. In the spiritual sense, patience has huge benefits. But when we lose it all, the idea of patience is difficult to practice. Without humility, patience doesn’t last long. Think about those times of living in the beauty of the day only to see the weather change right before our eyes and the change cause a greater level of tension. Scripture tells is to “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 (NRSV)
As we continue to observe Job and his ability to exhibit patience along with humility, we hear Job speak. Then God speaks to Job and his (so-called) friends. God is angry, but also patient.
In the adventure of life, we must experience the humble presence of God’s spirit because it can take us from hardship to blessings!
God desires to hear from Job (and us)!
“You said, ‘Listen and I will speak; I will question you and you will inform me.’ My ears had heard about you, but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore, I relent and find comfort on dust and ashes.” Job 42:4-6
Repentance is always appropriate!
“So now, take seven bulls and seven rams, go to my servant Job, and prepare an entirely burned offering for yourselves. Job my servant will pray for you, and I will act favorably by not making fools of you because you didn’t speak correctly, as did my servant Job.” Job 42:8
Restoration comes from God!
Then the Lord changed Job’s fortune when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord doubled all Job’s earlier possessions. All his brothers, sisters, and acquaintances came to him and ate food with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him concerning all the disaster the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a qesitah and a gold ring. Then the Lord blessed Job’s latter days more than his former ones. 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 42:10-13
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“God desires reconciliation for all of us!”