"The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all the Job had twofold. "
There may be times in life you feel robbed or cheated. You may experience some unfair situations in which somebody did you wrong or mistreated you. Perhaps, right now, you are having problems in a relationship, or in your marriage, or with a child. or maybe you've struggled financially, and you don't see how you can ever get head. Life seems to attack one way or another. If that sounds like you, then here's the hope you've been waiting for. God wants to restore everything that has been stolen from you. He wants to restore your joy, peace, health, finances, and your family. And when God restores, he doesn't leave you as you were before. He brings you out better than you were previously.
Hmmmmm......... Well, that's a different perspective. I guess that doesn't mean I have to keep turning the other cheek. There is some hope coming my way. These may be your thoughts at this moment.
Yes, that is completely correct. In the Bible, if a thief was caught stealing, he had to repay his victim seven times what he stole. In another place, Scripture commands that the thief repay four times as much. God himself said through the prophet Isaiah, "I will pay you back double for all the unfair things that have happened (Isiah 61:7).
That puts a different twist on things doesn't it? It's a different way of looking at things all of a sudden. Now, you are not just turning the other cheek, you will be rewarded twice after.
In the Scripture Job, a good man, who loved God and had a heart to do what's right. Yet, in a few weeks time he lost his business, his flocks and herds, his family, and his health. Things could not get any worse for Job, and I'm sure he was tempted to be bitter. He could have said, "God, I'm done! You are not treating me fair leaving me this way."
His own wife told him, "Job, just curse God and die."
But no, Job knew that God would restore him, His attitude was: Even if I die I'm going to die trusting God. I'm going to die believing for the best.
When it was all said and done, God not only turned Job's calamity around , He brought Job out with twice what he had before. He had twice as many cattle, twice as many sheep. He got his health back, and God gave him a new family. God restored double what the enemy had stolen. Amazingly, the Scripture says, "The latter part of Job's life was more blessed than the first part." (Job 42:12)
Maybe today is the day you need to be reminded that God wants the rest of your life to be more blessed than the first part. Despite what you've been through God is saying, "I want to make the rest of your life happier and more fulfilled than you can even imagine." God is saying the best is yet to come.