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. Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.
And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. And Job died, an old man, and full of days. Job 42:10-17 ESV
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13 ESV
Some people learn skills of wilderness survival. They learn how to find water to drink, how to hunt animals and catch fish, what kinds of insects and plants are good for food, how to build a shelter and a fire, how to stay safe from wild animals, and many other things. They enjoy the feeling of being able to take care of themselves in the wild. When they return to the comforts of their homes, they can enjoy those, too. But they aren’t afraid of losing their homes, furnaces, stoves, refrigerators, running water, supermarkets, and all the things that make life comfortable. They know they can survive and be happy without them.
After God tested Job, he gave Job even more blessings than he had given him before. Job was able to accept those blessings from God. He knew it was possible to lose those blessings. But he also knew that there was one blessing he would never lose. He knew God’s love and believed in the promised Savior. Because of that, he knew that whatever happened to him, he could be happy.
Whatever good things God gives us, and whatever problems he allows us to have, we can have the same faith Job did. We can know for sure that God loves us and will never leave us. We know that because we know the promised Savior, Jesus, came for us. Jesus died on the cross to bring us back to God. Jesus promises to be with us always, and to give us strength to face whatever life brings.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all the blessings you give us every day, and especially for sending Jesus to be our Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.