And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. -Joel 2:25
When God restores, it is BIG, GREAT and MARVELOUS!
There is a man in the bible named Job, who in ONE day went from being very wealthy to poor. He went from being healthy to sick. His friends didn’t help his situation; he became depressed and sad; IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE HIS SITUATION WOULD EVER CHANGE,
but it did…!
Job was a man of integrity and good character. He gave to the poor and needy, he lived a clean life and he worshipped God how he lived. Job 1:1 noted that he was “perfect and upright.” Job was also very wealthy: prospering in ALL he did. Scripture quotes that Job “was the greatest of all the men of the east.” He must have been pretty well-to-do afterall. But one day he lost ALL he had. Job had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, to name a few. Job had ten (10) health children. Scripture states that they were feasting and celebrating together at their eldest brother’s house when disaster struck.
So one day, one (1) messenger came and told Job, while I was keeping the oxen foreigners attacked us and stole all of your oxen.[paraphrase]
A minute later, another messenger told Job, Fire came from the sky and destroyed all your sheep and their shepherds.
Then a third messenger came immediately saying, an enemy of ours snuck on us and stole all of your camels, ALL your camels.
But then a forth messenger came bearing what I believe was the worst news of all: all of your children were killed at their eldest brother’s house by a (tornado-forced) wind that hit while they were feasting.
When all was gone, Job had nothing!
No family, no income, no possessions and NO PEACE. The next 36 chapters, Job and his friends wallowed in despair and sadness.
These days many people are without a steady income, have forfeited their careers and dreams. Many students cannot afford going to college, parents struggling to meeting bills much less tuition, employers struggle to pay employees. Many people have gone without.
But there is Hope!
Job’s situation dramatically turned around.
In Job 38, the scripture says God gave Job TWICE as many sheep, camels and possessions as he had before. He regain ten more children. And Job joy was restored.
God will give us everything that has been taken as we serve, turn to and trust him! And like Job, more!
In the end Job could say like Joseph:
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good. – Genesis 50:20
Jesus paid the price and bore our judgment that we can live “life abundantly.”
– John 10:10, Isaiah 53:3-4, 1Peter 2:24
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