Read:

  • Job 42:1-17
  • Ezra 1:1-2:70

The last chapter of Job’s story holds the commonly-taught account of how God restored fortune to Job even greater than he had before. The thing that stood out to me was this:

“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.” –Job 42:10, ESV

The Lord chastised Job’s friends for their ill-spoken words and sent them to Job with a sacrifice. They also had to ask Job to pray for them, that God would have mercy on them. Job had to forgive his friends. He had to genuinely pray for their deliverance. That was the nature of the prayer the Lord accepted.

It wasn’t enough for the Lord to restore Job’s fortune; it occurred after He restored his friendships. God’s desire for restoration of relationship trumped His desire to give Job back more than he lost.

Have you restored relationships? Have you forgiven those who may have done wrong to you? Or are you holding back? Could it be the vaults of heaven are waiting for you to remove your grudges?

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