God Restores

After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his prosperity and doubled his previous possessions. All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his house. They sympathized with him and comforted him concerning all the adversity the Lord had brought on him. Each one gave him a qesitah and a gold earring. So the Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the first. Job 42:10-12a HCSB

I heard a man speak recently who shared his story of how God had healed him of cancer and restored him to good health. I was acquainted with a woman in a previous church who received the terrible news that she had cancer. She was the mother of three small girls. Her fight against cancer continued for several years, but eventually she lost her battle and went on to be with the Lord even though many people had prayed for her healing. Why does God heal one and not the other?

Would the message we find in the book of Job have been any different if God had not restored Job’s many blessings? No, God is sovereign and always knows what is best. We think that healing and restoration to good health or the restoration of blessings is what is always best, but we do not know the future, therefore we must trust the sovereignty of God. He cares for us as His children just like we care for our children. He wants to give us what is best. Sometimes we do not give our children what they request but we give them what they need. God is a good God and cares for our every need. We must learn to accept His will even when we do not understand.

Challenge: Trust God even when you do not understand. Read Joshua 1:9, Proverbs 3:5-6, and Psalm 20:7. Listen to the song “Trust His Heart” on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=eLn0cRl-0GE&feature=endscreen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=eLn0cRl-0GE&feature=endscreen)

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