All's WELL that ENDS WELL
June 6 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 40-42
"And the Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for 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. After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. So Job died, old and full of days" (Job 42:10, 12-13, 16-17).
At the end of the book of Job we see that God brought an end to Job’s suffering and set him free to enjoy life again. God’s restoration of Job was immediate and overflowing as he was given friends (v. 11), material prosperity (v. 12), family (vv. 13–15), and long life (vv. 16, 17). The point to be noted is that God holds a loving control over every human life, and therefore God can be trusted completely in all things (Rom. 8:28; 1 Thess. 5:18).
The turning point in Job’s life came when he prayed for the friends who had spitefully used him and persecuted him (Matt. 5:44). This represented God’s promised healing and restoration. Even though our salvation is always by grace through faith, but our final rewards are according to our work in this earth. The death and resurrection of Christ will guarantee ultimate restoration for all believers (Rom. 8:17; 1 Cor. 3:21, 22). The mystery of human suffering is not fully explained in the book of Job. As Wesley Baker puts it: “When the end of the Book of Job comes, there is no answer written out. There is nothing there that would satisfy the logical mind!”
However, there are two conclusions we can draw from the story of Job
- Job’s suffering was not a direct result of his personal sin. God testified that he was a perfect and an upright man (1:8). God also said that the reasoning of Job’s three friends—that God was punishing him because of his sins—was not right (42:8).
- Although Job was not suffering because he had sinned, yet he was not delivered until he had a vision of his own nothingness and of God’s greatness (42:1–6) and until he prayed for his friends (42:10).
God does not guarantee this kind of happy ending in this life to everybody who goes through trials (Heb. 11:36–40), but He does promise to reward all who are true to Him (Rev. 2:10). End of the story…all's well that ends well…!!!